The design, construction, and testing of an oil skimming and separation system capable of processing 30,000 gallons per hour, and operating on the open ocean under Sea State 3 conditions is described. A 45 x 26-foot twin-hulled barge, which contained an entrance paddle wheel and self-adjusting skimming weirs, was built to support the skimming and separation equipment. A 500-gpm centrifuge was used to reduce the oil content of the discharge water to less than 100 ppm. The recovered oil contained less than 5 percent water. The oil content of the discharge water could be reduced to less than 20 ppm by recycling it through the centrifuge a second time. Intentionally spilled oils of API 15, 26, and 35 gravities were recovered and separated, as were weathered oil slicks. The centrifuge was particularly useful in separating the mixtures of water and the higher API gravity oils.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Water pollution control research series. Paper copy available from GPO as EP2.10:15080 DJP 10/70.
  • Corporate Authors:

    AiResearch Manufacturing Company

    3201 Lomita Boulvard
    Torrance, CA  United States  90509
  • Authors:
    • Wimpress, D S
    • Goodsell, R A
    • Lewis, R W
    • Fallon, J
  • Publication Date: 1970-10

Media Info

  • Pagination: 191 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00041460
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: EPA-15080-DJP-10/70
  • Contract Numbers: FWPCA-14-12-524
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 2 1974 12:00AM