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Surface Water Droplet Size Distribution (DSD) Instruments: Laboratory Validation, Tank Deployment, and Field Evaluation

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New Jersey Institute of Technology
Research Principal Investigator
Dr. Michel Boufadel
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BSEE Response Research Branch is undertaking the DSD Instrument Evaluation project to better understand how surface water dispersant monitoring, as specified by the NCP SubPart J Monitoring Rule, can be practically implemented with existing technology, with specific emphasis on detection of oil and dispersed oil droplets in depths of 1 to 5 meters. The three main objectives of this project are:

  1. laboratory validation to test the accuracy of the instruments;
  2. tank deployment to test many operational aspects of the instruments, such as the towing capabilities, carriage systems, data processing, etc.; and
  3. field evaluation to test the instruments on a vessel at sea..
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