A concept for oil spill recovery utilizing polyurethane sorbent is examined in this report. As proposed, the oil recovery system components consist of a shreder-broadcaster, a water-spray boom to direct the oil soaked sorbent to a shipside conveyor system, and a shipboard system to squeeze the sorbent to extract the oil and to rebroadcast the sorbent. This study was directed toward the development and evaluation of the foregoing described system as applied to oil spill recovery on unprotected waters. Specifically, this study was oriented towards the evaluation of recycling, broadcasting, oil extraction, and adsorption/absorption characteristics of the polyurethane foam sorbent. These characteristics, including loss of foam resiliency during processing and losses due to mechanical degradation, were examined for several oils representing various properties. Results of this study are presented in both tabular and graphical form and the attributes/deficiencies (with respect to design goal) as observed in the model test system are discussed in detail.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Edison Water Quality Laboratory

    National Environmental Research Center/EPA
    Edison, NJ  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Henager, C H
    • Smith, J D
  • Publication Date: 1972-9

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 97 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00048032
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Maritime Research Center, Galveston
  • Report/Paper Numbers: EPA-R2-72-049
  • Contract Numbers: EPA-68-01-0070
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1974 12:00AM