An Integrated Model for Fate and Transport of Oil in Rivers

by Poojitha D. Yapa, Clarkson Univ, Potsdam, NY, USA,
De Sheng Wang, Clarkson Univ, Potsdam, NY, USA,
Hung Tao Shen, Clarkson Univ, Potsdam, NY, USA,
Xiao Qing Yang, Clarkson Univ, Potsdam, NY, USA,
Jay B. Perry, Clarkson Univ, Potsdam, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


An integrated oil spill model for microcomputers is developed for simulating fate and transport of spilled oil in rivers. This model can simulate the oil slick transformation in transient flow conditions with varying wind and air temperature. The model consists of the following modules: a) a menu based interface for interactive data preparation, assigning fixed data files, and execution of all modules; b) an unsteady flow model to simulate the flow conditions along the river as a function of time; c) a two-dimensional two layer model that can simulate advection, horizontal diffusion, spreading, evaporation, dissolution, vertical mixing, emulsification, and shoreline deposition; d) a graphics interface for visualizing the results from the oil spill model.

Subject Headings: Hazardous materials spills | Simulation models | Computer models | Rivers and streams | Two-dimensional models | Transient flow | Water pollution | Flow simulation

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