FIRST PNEUMATIC BUBBLE AGAINST THE SPREAD OF OIL ON WATER INSTALLED IN THE NETHERLANDS

A pneumatic bubble barrier, to be used against the spread of oil on water, is described. The barrier consists of a perforated tube, anchored under water and supplied with compressed air. The air is released through holes or nozzles, and the bubbles rise to the surface. Because of the friction between the air bubbles and the water, water is also transported upwards, thus generating a vertical flow which at the surface becomes a horizontal current out from the center line of the barrier. It is the speed of the surface current which is used to arrest the spread of oil on the water. Other capabilities of the system are described, and a description of a specific installation is included.

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    National Institute of Shipbuilding and Shipping

    10 Burgemeester & Jacobplein
    Rotterdam,   Netherlands 
  • Publication Date: 1974-3

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  • Accession Number: 00057985
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Maritime Research Center, Kings Point
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 6 1974 12:00AM