STP1018: The Effect of Elastomers on the Efficiency of Oil Spill Dispersants

    Waters, PF
    Professor of chemistry, the American University, Washington, DC

    Hadermann, AF
    Consulting chemist, Ijamsville, MD

    Lambrecht, L
    Consulting engineer, Manassas, VA

    Pages: 6    Published: Jan 1989


    Abstract

    The concept that an oil spill might be immobilized on the surface of a body of water and subsequently dispersed has been advanced. The exploratory studies reported here demonstrate that an ultrahigh molecular weight elastomer, known to retard oil spreading, can be used in conjunction with an oil soluble surfactant to disperse the oil in water. The elastomer retards the dispersibility of the oil to some extent, but at concentrations of the elastomer sufficient to prevent oil spreading there is still significant dispersion.

    Keywords:

    oil spills, polyisobutylene, molecular weight, dispersants, turbidity


    Paper ID: STP18651S

    Committee/Subcommittee: F20.11

    DOI: 10.1520/STP18651S


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