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In Situ Burning of Oil Spills: Smoke Production and Plume Behavior.


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Evans, D. D.

NIST SP 867; August 1994.

National Institute of Standards and Technology and Minerals Management Service. In Situ Burning Oil Spill. Proceedings. January 26-28, 1994, Orlando, FL, Jason, N. H., Editor(s), 29-37 pp, 1994.

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National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB95-104907

Keywords:

in situ burning; oil spills; smoke production; smoke plumes; crude oil; experiments; dispersion; smoke yield

Abstract:

In 1985, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) began a study of in situ burning of crude oil to provide information to support decisions about the use of this technology for oil spill response. Measured smoke production from burning of crude oils in the laboratory, in mesoscale experiments, and in an offshore experiment are presented. Calculations of smoke plume dispersion for an oil spill burn in the vicinity of Cook Inlet, Alaska show that beyond 5 km downwind of the burn, smoke particulate concentrations near the ground averaged over 1 hour do not exceed 150 mg/m3.