PHYSICAL PROCESSES IN THE SPREAD OF OIL ON A WATER SURFACE

Formulae are recommended for calculating the extent of the spread of oil slicks on water as a function of time. They are based on empirical measurements of spreading rates and analytical and theoretical studies of the physical processes which accelerate or retard the spread of a film. Both one-dimensional and two-dimensional (axisymmetric) slicks are treated. Comparisons of the recommended formulae are made with the limited number of field observations, both for the rate of spread and the maximum slick size.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Department of Civil Engineering, 77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02139
  • Authors:
    • Fay, J A
    • Hoult, D P
  • Publication Date: 1971-7

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 18 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00019666
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: United States Coast Guard
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-CG-01381-A
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 25 1973 12:00AM