Fast Current Oil Response Systems Tests on Phase I Concepts.
Final rept. 1 Aug 74-30 May 75,
MICHIGAN UNIV ANN ARBOR DEPT OF NAVAL ARCHITECTURE AND MARINE ENGINEERING
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Seven different concepts for fast current oil response systems skimmers were tested at The University of Michigan Fast Current Recirculating Channel. The purpose of the tests was to perform an equivalent series of tests on each device under the same environment to enable competitive comparison of the devices. This evaluation was made both quantitatively through instrumentation, and qualitatively by observation of the tests. The test program matrix included three oil viscosities, four nominal slick thicknesses, and seven current speeds. A maximum of fifty-one tests were scheduled for each device, depending on device size and capacity. The seven concepts are ranked in the order of best performance. None of the seven devices tested are near to meeting the stated goals of the Coast Guard, although they do improve present current speed capabilities by a factor of three when compared to barriers.
- Civil Engineering