WIT Press


Preliminary Design Criteria For Oil Spill Confinement Booms

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/CENV040391

Volume

68

Pages

10

Published

2004

Size

878 kb

Author(s)

A. Amini, E. Bollaert, J. L. Boillat & A. Schleiss

Abstract

The main aim of an ongoing research project is to demonstrate the effectiveness of a new oil slick containment system. The new system provides the possibility to divide the surrounded oil slick in several smaller circles and so to increase the thickness of the oil slick inside. In the present study, some important design features of the oil confinement system will be discussed based on known properties of spilled oil. In order to describe the behavior of the oil containment system, preliminary analytical developments have been performed focusing first on hydrostatic behavior of floating oil booms. The governing equilibrium equations have been investigated by a parametric analysis. The parametric analysis allows a better understanding of the behavior of the oil spill confinement booms and the identification of critical design para

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