CONTAINING OIL SPILLS WITH BUBBLES

Bubble barriers have been known for a long time and have been used for many different applications including ice prevention, prevention of salt-water intrusion in locks and estuaries, pneumatic breakwaters, reduction of explosion waves in water, generation of vertical convection in lakes to obtain a better oxygen balance, etc. Research and development work at Atlas Copco has resulted in an understanding of the physical phenomena associated with pneumatic oil barriers. It is now possible to design bubble barriers for given conditions, which are capable of handling oil layers several decimeters thick. The advantages of pneumatic barriers are that they allow traffic through a polluted area, that they are in place whenever a spillage occurs and that they can be put into operation quickly by simply starting a compressor or opening a valve. The barrier will even function properly if the oil is burning.

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    Design Council

    29 Haymarket
    London SW14 4SU,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1978-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 576-577
  • Serial:
    • ENGINEERING
    • Volume: 218
    • Issue Number: 6
    • Publisher: GILLARD WELCH LIMITED
    • ISSN: 0013-7782

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184823
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 13 1979 12:00AM