FLUID DYNAMICS OF FLOATING OIL CONTAINMENT BY MECHANICAL BARRIERS IN THE PRESENCE OF WATER CURRENTS

Experiments on oil containment by mechanical barriers have led to identification of the important physical phenomena controlling the extent of an oil slick and have illustrated flow conditions leading to failure of the barrier. A mathematical model has been developed to generalize the experimental results. Example calculations and design charts are presented which may be useful in deciding whether stationary mechanical barriers would work at all in given cases, and in selecting the proper depth of skirt and length of boom required in those cases where mechanical barriers are feasible.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of a Joint Conference on Prevention and Control of Oil Spills, Dec 15-17, 1969, New York City, Sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute and the Federal Water Pollution Control Administration of the Department of the Interior.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Petroleum Institute

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    Washington, DC  USA  20005-4070
  • Authors:
    • Wicks, M
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1969

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 55-106

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00019411
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 19 1971 12:00AM