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Ohmsett, the National Oil Spill Response Research and Renewable Energy Test Facility is the largest oil spill response test facility in North America. Ohmsett's 667 foot long test tank is 65 feet wide and filled to a depth of 8 feet with 2.6 million gallons of saltwater, which is maintained at open ocean salinity. A computer controlled wave generator at one end of the tank creates waves up to 3 feet high, while an adjustable wave-damping 'beach' system at the opposite end of the tank helps control the shape of the waves. The system can generate numerous wave types, from sinusoidal and harbor chop to more complex waveforms, such as those based on Pierson-Moskowitz spectra. Three rail-mounted movable bridges span the width of the tank and can tow equipment through the water at speeds up to 6 knots, simulating a vessel towing response equipment such as booms and skimmers.

Testing, training, and research are conducted using full-scale response equipment to recover real oil. Tests are conducted year round, during daylight hours and at night. During recent winters, sea-ice and chillers have been used to conduct tests in simulated arctic conditions. In addition to testing mechanical containment and recovery equipment, extensive dispersant and chemical herding agent tests are conducted in both temperate and cold water conditions. Ohmsett is also used to test sensors to remotely detect spilled oil and measure slick thickness.

BSEE continuously invests in Ohmsett to maintain its position as the premier oil spill response test facility in the world. The wave generator system has been regularly upgraded to create more sophisticated types of waves, and BSEE is funding a study to redesign the 'beach' system to enhance its ability to control the waves and minimize wave reflection. Ohmsett is utilized by federal and state government agencies, multi-national corporations, start-up companies, and academia to improve oil spill response, and visitors from over 36 countries have observed and participated in testing and training exercises at Ohmsett in a controlled, realistic, and safe environment.

Project No. Subject Performing Activity (Researcher)
1086 Comparative Testing of Corexit EC9500A, Finasol OSR 52, Accell Clean DWD, Marine D-Blue Clean, and ZI 400 at Ohmsett Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
1064 ASTM F2709-08 Testing of Skimmer Systems Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
1059 Characterizing Wave-Induced Mixing Energy in Ohmsett Wave Basin for Dispersant Effectiveness Testing Naval Research Lab
1045 Solidifying the Scientific Capabilities of Ohmsett - Wave Hydrodynamics New Jersey Institute of Technology
1044 Solidifying the Scientific Capabilities of Ohmsett - Effect of Ambient Chemical Levels New Jersey Institute of Technology
1031 Innovative Technology Enhancements for Measuring Test Parameters at Ohmsett MAR, Inc
1028 Acoustic Tool to Measure Oil Slick Thickness at Ohmsett Applied Research Associates Inc.
1027 Development of a ROV Deployed Video Analysis Tool for Rapid Measurement of Submerged Oil/Gas Leaks National Energy Technology Laboratory
1021 Evaluation of Oil in the Water Column Detection Systems US Coast Guard Research & Development Center
1014 Ice Month – Evaluation of Oil Recovery Systems in Ice Conditions at Ohmsett BSEE sponsored test, managed by MAR and SL Ross
1011 Evaluation of Feasibility of Conducting Subsea Dispersant Research at Ohmsett S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.
668 Ohmsett Biofuels Feasibility Study SLRoss
647 Research on Improving Methods for Recovering Residues from In Situ Burning of Marine Oil Spills S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.
638 Chemical Dispersant Research at Ohmsett: Phase 2 S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.
636 Characteristics, Behavior and Response Effectiveness of Spilled Dielectric Insulating Oil in the Marine Environment Louisiana State University
617 Employing Chemical Herders to Improve Oil Spill Response Operation S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.
615 Chemical Dispersant Research at Ohmsett S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.
598 Upgrade of SMART Dispersant Effectiveness Monitoring Protocol S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.
594 Development of a Portable Multispectral Aerial Sensor for Real-time Oil Spill Thickness Mapping in Coastal and Offshore Waters Ocean Imaging Corporation
590 Changes with Dispersant Effectiveness with Extended Exposure in Calm Seas S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd. and Alun Lewis Oil Spill Consultancy
589 Investigation of the Ability to Effectively Recover Oil Following Dispersant Application S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.
568 Research at Ohmsett on the Effectiveness of Chemical Dispersants on Alaskan Oils in Cold Water S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.
554 Mid-Scale Test Tank Research on Using Oil Herding Surfactants to Thicken Oil Slicks in Broken Ice S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.
546 Chemical Dispersibility of OCS Crude Oils in Non-Breaking Waves, Part 1 Determining the Limiting Oil Viscosity for Dispersion in Non-Breaking

S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.

545 Calm Sea Application of Dispersants S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd. and Alun Lewis Oil Spill Consultancy
544 Real-time Detection of Oil Slick Thickness Patterns with a Portable Multispectral Sensor Ocean Imaging Corporation
542 Dispersant Effectiveness Testing on Realistic Emulsions at Ohmsett S.L. Ross Environmental Research, Ltd.
528 Optimization of Oleophilic Skimmer Recovery University of California, Santa Barbara, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
527 The Effect of Warming Viscous Oils Prior to Discharge on Dispersant Performance S.L. Ross Environmental Research, Ltd.
526 Correlate Ohmsett Dispersant Tests with At Sea Trials; Supplemental Tests to Complete Test Matrix S.L. Ross Environmental Research, Ltd.
516 Development of a Method to Produce Large Quantities of Realistic Water-In-Oil Emulsions for use in Evaluating Oil Spil S.L. Ross Environmental Research, Ltd.
515 Wave Field Characterization at the Ohmsett Wave Test Basin Mar, Inc.; Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington
514 Dispersant Effectiveness Testing on Heavy OCS Crude Oils at Ohmsett   
511 Tailored Polymeric Materials for Oil Spill Recovery in Marine Environments Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara
507 Correlating Results of Ohmsett Dispersant Test with At-Sea Trials: Workshop to Coordinate Publications and Prioritize Follow-up Dispersant Studies at Ohmsett

S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.

486 Fate of Emulsion Breakers Used for Decanting

S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.

478 Development of a Standard Method for Measuring the Buoyancy-to-Weight Ratio for Oil Spill Containment Boom

S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd. and MAR, Inc.

477 Correlating Results of Dispersants Effectiveness at Ohmsett with Identical At-Sea Trials: Effects of Oil Viscosity and Dispersant to Oil Ratio

S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.

476 Ohmsett 2003 Cold Water Dispersant Effectiveness Experiments

S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.

458 Process for the Removal of Spent Oil Spill Dispersants from Test Water at Ohmsett SAIC Canada
457 Effect of Oil Spill Containment Boom Characteristics on Boom Performance

S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.

456 Techniques to Remove Dissolved Dispersant from Ohmsett Basin Water

S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.

450 Dispersant Effectiveness Testing in Cold Water

S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.

428 Procedures for Reporting Tests of Oil Spill Containment Booms and Skimmers Environmental Consultant, Inc.
427 Dispersant Effectiveness Test Protocol Development for Ohmsett

S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd. and MAR, Inc.

395 Extending Temporary Storage Capacity Offshore with Emulsion Breakers    
391 Fire Boom Testing at Ohmsett

S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.

375 Development of Dispersant Test Protocol at Ohmsett

S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.

347 Emulsions Formed at Sea and in Test Tanks Environment Canada
333 Field Experiments at the Ohmsett Facility, Especially for a Newly Designed Boom System The University of Miami
310 Mechanical Oil Recovery in Ice Infested Waters (MORICE) SINTEF Applied Chemistry
309 Development of an OHMSETT Activity Summary Report Marine Research Associates LLC
299 Estimation of Towing Forces on Oil Spill Containment Booms

S.L. Ross Environmental Research

298 Testing at Ohmsett to Determine Optimum Times to Decant to Temporary Storage Devices

S.L. Ross Environmental Research

289 Re-Engineering of a Stainless Steel Fireproof Boom for Using in Conjunction with Conventional Firebooms

S.L. Ross Environmental Research Ltd.

247 Numerical Modeling of Oil Boom Behavior and Rapid Current Boom Development University of Rhode Island (URI)and University of New Hampshire (UNH)
240 Development of a Frequency Scanning Radiometer to Measure Oil Slick Thickness, Phase II USAF / MIT, Lincoln Laboratory
180 Testing and Evaluation of Sorbents SAIC-Canada
163 Preparing a Test Protocol for Offshore Oil Skimmers and Containment Booms Chapman, Inc.
155 Identification of Substitute Test Facilities for OHMSETT  Emergencies Engineering Division, Environment Canada
121 Water Jet Barrier Containment of Oil in the Presence of Broken Ice Emergencies Engineering Division, Environment Canada
109 Oil Spill Response Equipment Performance Verification Frank Weston and Associates