In Situ Burning of Oil Spills: Mesoscale Experiments and Analysis.
In Situ Burning of Oil Spills: Mesoscale Experiments
Walton, W. D.
NISTIR 5192; NIST SP 995; Volume 2; 39 p. September
Sponsor:Minerals Management Service, Herndon, VA
Available from: National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB94-101839
oil spills; crude oil; burning rate; particle size
distribution; plumes; fire tests; heat release rate;
pool fires; smoke yield; in situ burning; regression
A series of six mesoscale experiments were performed to
measure the burning characteristics of Louisiana crude
oil on water in a pan. These included one - 6 m square
and five - 15 m square burns. Results of the
measurements for burning rate and smoke emissions are
compared to those from previous burns of various scales.
The burning rate as indicated by the regression rate of
the oil surface was found to be 0.062 + 0.003 mm/s for
both the 6 m and 15 m square pan fires. Smoke
particulate yields from both the 15 m square fires were
found to be approximately 11% of the oil burned on a