A STUDY TO CONDUCT EXPERIMENTS CONCERNING TURBULENT DISPERSION OF OIL SLICKS

Laboratory experiments were conducted in a wind-wave tank to study the turbulent characteristics in the water boundary-layers under the action of wind and waves and to study the oil dispersion characteristics under the action of breaking waves. Effects of an oil slick on the wind-waves or mechanically-generated waves with wind were also investigated. The objective was to understand by means of laboratory experiments the behavior of oil dispersion in the upper ocean. Two new instruments, a laser Doppler velocimeter and a photodiode wave guage, have been developed to measure remotely the velocity and the vertical displacement of the water surface. The two new techniques and the experimental results are described in detail. For field application, empirical formulas were derived from the laboratory results. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Flow Research Company

    Kent, WA  USA  98031
  • Authors:
    • Lin, J T
    • Gad-El-Hak, M
    • Liu, H T
  • Publication Date: 1978-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: 108 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00182021
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRC-112 Final Rpt., USCG-D-54-78
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-CG-61688-A
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1978 12:00AM