Recent efforts to improve the quality of ferromagnetic sorbents have shown that the problems normally associated with sorbent systems of oil spill recovery can be virtually eliminated. It is now possible to produce a reusable ferromagnetic polyurethane foam product in less than ten minutes by using a new one-component mix polymer (Hypol) which was developed by W. R. Grace Company. In addition to being a recycleable, oil-absorbing foam, the ferromagnetic properties of the product provide a "handle" for its removal from a water surface. A 24-foot portable oil spill recovery unit incorporating magnetic principles is being developed by the University of South Florida and Gulf Tampa Drydock Company with partial support from the Florida Sea Grant Program. This prototype recovery unit is expected to be ready for initial insitu testing by September 1976. Details of the ferromagnetic sorbent concept and principles by which the recovery unit functions are discussed with the aid of figures and tables. Sorbent requirements, oil recovery rates and operational costs are projected on the basis of laboratory experiments.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 883-888

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  • Accession Number: 00138268
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Offshore Technology Conference
  • Report/Paper Numbers: V3, OTC 2693 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1976 12:00AM