ASTM F631 - 99(2008)

    Standard Guide for Collecting Skimmer Performance Data in Controlled Environments

    Active Standard ASTM F631 | Developed by Subcommittee: F20.12

    Book of Standards Volume: 11.05


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    Significance and Use

    This guide provides quantitative data in the form of oil recovery rates, throughput efficiencies, and oil recovery efficiencies under controlled test conditions. The data can be used for evaluating design characteristics of a particular spill removal device or as a means of comparing two or more devices. Caution must be exercised whenever test data are used to predict performance in actual spill situations as the uncontrolled environmental conditions that affect performance in the field are rarely identical to conditions in the test tank. Other variables such as mechanical reliability, presence of debris, ease of repair, ease of deployment, required operator training, operator fatigue, seaworthiness, and transportability also affect performance in an actual spill but are not measured by this guide. These variables should be considered along with the test data when making comparisons or evaluations of spill removal devices.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This standard provides a guide for determining performance parameters of full-scale oil spill removal devices in recovering floating oil when tested in controlled environments.

    1.2 This guide involves the use of specific test oils that may be considered hazardous materials after testing is completed. It is the responsibility of the user of this guide to procure and abide by the necessary permits for disposal of the used test oil.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D97 Test Method for Pour Point of Petroleum Products

    D445 Test Method for Kinematic Viscosity of Transparent and Opaque Liquids (and Calculation of Dynamic Viscosity)

    D971 Test Method for Interfacial Tension of Oil Against Water by the Ring Method

    D1298 Test Method for Density, Relative Density (Specific Gravity), or API Gravity of Crude Petroleum and Liquid Petroleum Products by Hydrometer Method

    D2983 Test Method for Low-Temperature Viscosity of Lubricants Measured by Brookfield Viscometer

    D4007 Test Method for Water and Sediment in Crude Oil by the Centrifuge Method (Laboratory Procedure)

    F625 Practice for Classifying Water Bodies for Spill Control Systems

    F808 Guide for Collecting Skimmer Performance Data in Uncontrolled Environments


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.060.30 (Sewage water)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 76131702(Oil spill treatment services)


    DOI: 10.1520/F0631-99R08

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