This paper describes the design, fabrication and test of a prototype system for the recovery of spilled oil from the surface of river, estuarine and harbor waters. The system uses an open cell polyurethane foam, in the form of small cubes, to absorb the floating oil. The foam is capable of being reused for more than 100 cycles. Tests of the system, using both diesel fuel and lubricating oil, were conducted at the EPA's OHMSETT test tank. The sweep speeds ranged up to five knots in both calm water and in waves. System throughput efficiencies ranged from 45% to nearly 100%. Oil collection rates of up to 2,300 gal/hr were achieved. The oil content of the recovered liquid varied from 38% to 79%.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 247-250

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  • Accession Number: 00163082
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 4284 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 13 1977 12:00AM