Accession Number:

AD0784988

Title:

Ignition and Combustion in situ of Oil from Wrecked Oil Tankers: Small Scale Burning Tests Carried Out at the RPE.

Descriptive Note:

Technical memo.,

Corporate Author:

ROCKET PROPULSION ESTABLISHMENT WESTCOTT (ENGLAND)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1972-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

46.0

Abstract:

The effect of the size and position of venting apertures on the burning rate of crude oil in model tanks has been determined. One side aperture and one lid aperture were used in all tests, only their size and relative positions being changed. The effect of wind speed on the burning rate was also investigated, burnings being performed in still air and in blower-generated winds. Tanks of three different sizes were used, in an attempt to predict from the burning rates found in small scale tests those to be expected in a much larger tank. The tanks were water cooled on the bottom and on one side to simulate conditions at sea. Some empirical extrapolations and scaling rules have been obtained which provide an estimate of the probable burning rate in ship-sized tanks under various conditions of wind and venting. Modified author abstract

Subject Categories:

  • Combustion and Ignition
  • Water Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE