Applying the ARMOS and MOFAT Models to a Major Oil Spill

by Otto J. Helweg, Memphis State Univ, Memphis, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions


A study was undertaken to evaluate the impact of a crude oil pipeline rupture in the recharge area of the aquifer serving most of West Tennessee. The main challenge was to model the volume and fate of the hydrocarbons. To do this two state-of-the-art finite element models, MOFAT and ARMOS were chosen. Though the large volume of the hydrocarbons and site characteristics stressed the models, they produced satisfactory results, which showed that they are robust enough to be used beyond the specific purpose for which they were designed. This paper describes how the models were used.

Subject Headings: Hazardous materials spills | Oil pipelines | Hydrologic models | Finite element method | Mathematical models | Non-renewable energy | Simulation models | Hydrocarbons | Tennessee | United States

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