STP1018

    The Effect of Elastomers on the Efficiency of Oil Spill Dispersants

    Published: Jan 1989


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    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


    Author Information:

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

    Hadermann, AF
    Consulting chemist, Ijamsville, MD

    Lambrecht, L
    Consulting engineer, Manassas, VA


    Paper ID: STP18651S

    Committee/Subcommittee: F20.11

    DOI: 10.1520/STP18651S


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