Large-scale basin testing to simulate realistic oil droplet distributions from subsea release of oil and the effect of subsea dispersant injection.

Abstract:

:Small-scale experiments performed at SINTEF, Norway in 2011-12 led to the development of a modified Weber scaling algorithm. The algorithm predicts initial oil droplet sizes (d50) from a subsea oil and gas blowout. It was quickly implemented in a high number of operational oil spill models used to predict fate and effect of subsea oil releases both in academia and in the oil industry. This paper presents experimental data from large-scale experiments generating oil droplet data in a more realistic multi-millimeter size range for a subsea blow-out. This new data shows a very high correlation with predictions from the modified Weber scaling algorithm both for untreated oil and oil treated by dispersant injection. This finding is opposed to earlier studies predicting significantly smaller droplets, using a similar approach for estimating droplet sizes, but with calibration coefficients that we mean are not representative of the turbulence present in such releases.

journal_name

Mar Pollut Bull

authors

Brandvik PJ,Davies E,Leirvik F,Johansen Ø,Belore R

doi

10.1016/j.marpolbul.2020.111934

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2021-01-04 00:00:00

pages

111934

eissn

0025-326X

issn

1879-3363

pii

S0025-326X(20)31053-5

journal_volume

163

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