THE ANALYSIS OF AN EMULSIFIED OIL SLICK

The performance of mechanical nonporous booms as oil-spill containment devices has been studied previously, and the behavior of contained oil slicks has been observed and analyzed. These investigations are restricted to viscous oils that are Newtonian fluids. Some oils form water-in-oil emulsions, which are Bingham plastic and behave differently than Newtonian fluids. In this work, the stability of contained Bingham plastic oil slicks under the action of water current is investigated. The analysis is based on assuming a simple airfoil shape for the slick and calculating shear stress from boundary layer theory. The effect of dynamic forces on internal stresses is included in the study. The investigation shows Bingham plastic slicks to be more stable than viscous oil slicks.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 889-900

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00138269
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Offshore Technology Conference
  • Report/Paper Numbers: V3, OTC 2694 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1976 12:00AM