A relative velocity can be imparted to a floating oil slick by moving an air jet across the surface of the water. If two long booms are arranged in a "V" shape and moved across an oil slick, the oil will be blown into a concentrated strip which can then be collected with a suitable collector. The collector application in this study used a flow-through and a second air boom to skim the oil off the surface and into an oil concentrator. The complete unit was tested by the Univ. of Michigan at speeds up to 7 ft/sec. The "Vee" air booms did an excellent job of "herding" the oil with efficiencies ranging from 100% at 1 ft/sec to 80% at 7 ft/sec. The development of the collector did not reach a point where good efficiencies could be obtained above 4 ft/sec.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Tetradyne Corporation

    1681 South Broadway
    Carrollton, TX  United States  75006
  • Authors:
    • Mueller, F N
  • Publication Date: 1975-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: 86 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00131851
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: USCG-D-115-75 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-CG-40220-A
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 14 1976 12:00AM