Efficient Remediation of Oil Spills using Fire Whirls – Phase II

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Michael Gollner, PhD
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Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
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The objectives of this project are to 1) characterize the ideal configurations and parameters of fire whirl formation; 2) characterize the effects and burning/combustion efficiencies on emissions from different fire whirl configurations, fuels, and slick thicknesses; 3) further understand the fundamental physics contributing to enhancement in the combustion efficiency of fire whirls verses pool fires; and 4) develop a scaled prototype fire whirl generator for use in a large-scale outdoor test facility.

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The University of California, Berkeley team has completed construction of the new experimental platform to study fire whirls. Phase I seeks to determine the sensitivity of fire whirl formation to enclosure dimensions. Preliminary experiments, including mass loss measurements, have been performed with four-walled, three-walled, and line-fire configurations. Results from these experiments are being used to develop a test matrix to test different conditions at larger scales. The gas analyzer and PM analyzer have been installed. The project is on schedule and on budget.

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