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OSRR-1043-Scientifically Based Field Tools for Predicting Dispersant Effectiveness and Usage Rates

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Principal Investigator
Scott Miles
Contracting Agency
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Estimated Completion Date

The objective of this project is to evaluate the standardized Baffled Flask Test using fluorescence analysis and study the effects of pressure and various environmental conditions on oil when released in deep sea environments. This project will also bridge the gap between laboratory methodology and field analysis by incorporating the modified 1 liter Baffled Flask Test and fluorescence probe for determining dispersant effectiveness in the field.

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This project has been completed.

The 1-L baffled flask test (BFT) study showed there was no significance difference between the laboratory-based fluorescence and field probe percent effectiveness results.

The 1-L BFT field test was capable of producing percent effectiveness results comparable to laboratory results.

The 1-L BFT field test was demonstrated to a workgroup of 21 personnel from NOAA and the USCG Gulf Strike Team. Many of the participants thought the 1-L BFT was a useful tool, but requested that additional oils be entered into the oil library.

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