STP659

    Chemical Analysis of Dispersed Oil in the Water Column

    Published: Jan 1978


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    Abstract

    Water and air samples collected from treated and untreated simulated oil spills have been analyzed for hydrocarbons. In test tanks, 6.2 m tall, the concentration of oil in the water just beneath the surface is initially 27 times greater when a dispersant is used. During a 3-day experiment, however, the amount of oil in the water column decreased significantly in both the treated and untreated cases. When a dispersant was used, the maximum concentration in the water column gradually moved toward the bottom of the tank. Results of laboratory, meso scale, and a real spill are compared.

    Keywords:

    petroleum hydrocarbons, Kuwait crude, hydrocarbon vapors, oils, dispersants, chemical analysis


    Author Information:

    Brown, CW
    Professor and research associates, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, R. I.

    Lynch, PF
    Professor and research associates, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, R. I.

    Ahmadjian, M
    Professor and research associates, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, R. I.


    Paper ID: STP35720S

    Committee/Subcommittee: F20.11

    DOI: 10.1520/STP35720S


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