NEW TWIST FOR OIL SPILL CLEANUP

A large driven paddle wheel placed forward on a vee-boomed skimmer, it seems, could be a useful improvement on the Basic vee-boomed skimmer. A paddle wheel could draw the slick into the area enclosed by the vee-boom. Thus skimmer effectiveness would not be decreased by repelling the slick due to forward motion or escape of the captive pool around the sides of the skimmer. The model tested consists, basically, of two booms in a flexible vee configuration with a driven paddle wheel across the opening of the vee. A catamaran connected at the apex of the vee provides lateral stability and platform for the sump and pump. The sump is a submerged tray with a raised, rounded lip to provide a weir effect in separating oil and water. Guide plates direct the oil from the vee area to sump from which it is pumped into a storage device such as large plastic bags, or a towed barge. Without a paddle wheel, the undisturbed slick with (W) collected is less than the boom width (L) because of flow around the vessel. When a paddle wheel is added, the flow pattern changes and a width W, that is broader than L, can be drawn into the skimmer.

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    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    Two Park Avenue
    New York, NY  USA  10016-5990
  • Authors:
    • Wambold, J C
    • Reed, C
  • Publication Date: 1976-2

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 28-31
  • Serial:
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Volume: 98
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
    • ISSN: 0025-6501

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00139885
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 6 1976 12:00AM