The feasibility of applying the concept of oil-water separation by means of woven hydrophilic fabric to a floating oil containment boom was investigated through a series of model tests. A preliminary model boom configuration was developed and towed at speeds to 0.686 meters/sec (2.25 ft/sec) in both calm water and waves. Oil retention performance of this model was clearly superior to that of a conventional flat plate boom of comparable draft in the environment investigated. A larger model of similar configuration demonstrated no oil leakage when towed at 0.77 meters/sec (1.5 kt) in calm water. While further detailed analysis, engineering, and testing is required to fully examine this concept, it appears that a properly designed flexible boom which uses a hydrophilic skirt material offers significant potential both as a containment device for floating oil in high current situations and as a high-speed collecting device.

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    • Also available from NTIS-PB-228049/3.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Consultec Incorporated

    2351 Research Boulevard
    Rockville, MD  United States  20850
  • Authors:
    • Bonz, P E
  • Publication Date: 1973-9

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; References;
  • Pagination: 63 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00072736
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
  • ISBN: 15080 FWM
  • Report/Paper Numbers: EPA-670/2-73-069 Tech Sers.
  • Contract Numbers: EPA 68-01-0139
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 31 1974 12:00AM