In 1976 the Research and Development Division of the Environmental Emergency Branch of the Department of Fisheries and the Environment directed an evaluation of nine mechanical oil skimmers. The current and mobile-type skimmers were evaluated primarily on the basis of Oil Recovery Factor, the volume of oil recovered by the device versus the volume presented to it, and Oil Content Factor, the percentage of oil in the recovered liquid. The stationary skimmers were evaluated on the basis of Oil Content Factor, and Oil Recovery Rate, the rate at which the device recovers oil. Both constant layer and diminishing thickness tests were conducted in the case of the stationary skimmers. These parameters were measured using diesel, Iranian crude, Canadian Western crude and emulsified oil at varying thicknesses and under differing environmental conditions. Results indicate that, generally, the skimmers tested were effective for the recovery of specific oil types under defined operating conditions. Comments have been included on each skimmer to reflect handling, operation, suggestions for machine improvements, as well as environmental and test conditions.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Environment Canada

    Environmental Protection Service
    Ottawa, Ontario  Canada  K1A 1C8
  • Authors:
    • Solsberg, L B
    • Wallace, W G
    • Dunne, M A
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Pagination: 104 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00183736
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Arctic Science and Technology Information System
  • Report/Paper Numbers: EPS-4-EC-77-14
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 12 1978 12:00AM