Accession Number : AD0786880

Title :   Development of a Novel High Velocity Oil Slick Skimmer

Descriptive Note : Final rept.

Corporate Author : HYDRONAUTICS INC LAUREL MD

Personal Author(s) : Lindenmuth, William T

PDF Url : AD0786880

Report Date : Jun 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 46

Abstract : Experimental investigations show that thin slicks of oil can be recovered in currents of up to 10 fps with a new Surface Velocity Retarder Oil Skimmer (SVROS). This collection device is composed of an array of closely spaced flat plates. The plates serve to gradually dissipate the kinetic energy of the oil/water inflow so that oil can be collected at high relative velocities without the entrainment losses typical of all simple oil booms in currents over about one knot. Tests, in prototype scale, were performed on a thin model of the device. Tests variables included velocity, plate spacing and depth, oil type, and slick thickness. The test results are presented with conclusions and recommendations for further development.

Descriptors :   *COLLECTING METHODS, *OIL SPILLS, *RECOVERY, DISSIPATION, FLAT PLATE MODELS, OCEAN SURFACE, OIL POLLUTION, TEST METHODS, THICKNESS, VELOCITY, VISCOSITY, WATER WAVES

Subject Categories : Civil Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE