Research / Research

OSRR-1067-Characterizing Dispersant Effectiveness of Crude Oil at High Salinities: Implications for Subsea Spill Preparedness

Project Number
1067
Program
Progress Date
03/17/2016
Category
Project Initiation Date
03/16/2016
Performing Activity
Principal Investigator
Robyn Conmy
Contracting Agency
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Estimated Completion Date
03/31/2017
Description

The objective of the proposed research is to evaluate the influence of salinity on dispersant effectiveness for select oils and dispersants, from 10-125 psu salinity, using the baffled flask test which provides a broad range of sufficient mixing energy including those observed in field conditions. Additionally, this project will characterize dispersant effectiveness during wave/flume tank simulations of high-velocity subsea releases of oil injected with dispersant at high salinities and subsequent mixing of plume to capture relative changes in dispersant effectiveness.

Latest progress update

This project is currently undergoing EPA's peer review process. The final report will be posted upon completion of their peer review process. 

Status
In Progress