Adhesion Kinetics of Fuel Oil #6 and Oil-in-Water Emulsions on Marine Sediments under Turbulent Mixing Conditions

by Rudolf Jaff?,
Hector R. Fuentes,
Vassilios A. Tsihrintzis,
Liduo Shen,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


Oil spilled in the marine environment is subject to a great variety of physical, chemical and biological processes, which determine its ultimate fate in the aquatic environment. Many of these processes have been studied in detail, and have been incorporated into computerized environmental fate and assessment modeling programs. Some processes, however, have not been studied in detail and better data on these is required to improve existing oil spill models. In addition, new fossil fuel products, such as oil-in-water emulsions, are rapidly appearing on the market, and need to be tested as to their environmental fate following a potential spill in the ocean. This paper reports on some preliminary results concerning adhesion of a commercial Oil-in-Water emulsion and Fuel Oil #6 onto marine sediments under turbulent conditions.

Subject Headings: Hazardous materials spills | Sediment | Mixtures | Seas and oceans | Non-renewable energy | Fuels | Biological processes

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