EVALUATION OF THE STRENGTH AND SEAKEEPING ABILITY OF POLLUTION CONTROL BARRIERS

The purpose of the work described by the report is to provide a basis for the evaluation of arbitrary oil pollution control barriers without the need for full scale testing. It is described that for well designed barriers the principal cause of oil leakage is droplet entrainment which has little, if anything, to do with the barrier, but rather depends on how the barrier is used. Since the leakage from droplet entrainment cannot be quantitatively predicted at this time and is only slightly dependent on barrier design, a barrier is best evaluated on its strength and seakeeping ability. A barrier is adequate for the task intended if it is strong enough and follows the seas well enough for it to provide a surface-piercing curtain with adequate draft and freeboard. The report gives means for making these evaluations. These are substantiated with full scale, model and analytical results.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Department of Ocean Engineering, 77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02139

    United States Coast Guard

    Office of Research and Development, 400 7th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Milgram, J H
    • O'Dea, J F
  • Publication Date: 1974-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 204 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00090162
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: USCG-D-55-75 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-CG-12937-A
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 22 1975 12:00AM