Accession Number:

AD0726281

Title:

Physical Processes in the Spread of Oil on a Water Surface

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Sep 1969-Apr 1971

Corporate Author:

MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE DEPT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1971-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

21.0

Abstract:

Formulae are recommended for calculating the extent of the spread of oil slicks on water as a function of time. They are based on empirical measurements of spreading rates and analytical and theoretical studies of the physical processes which accelerate or retard the spread of a film. Both one- dimensional and two-dimensional axisymmetric slicks are treated. Comparisons of the recommended formulae are made with the limited number of field observations, both for the rate of spread and the maximum slick size.

Subject Categories:

  • Physical Chemistry

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE