Comparison of observed and predicted changes to oil after spills

Michael Walker, Madeleine McDonagh, Derek Albone, Stephen Grigson, Alastair Wilkinson, Gordon Baron

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    Warren Spring Laboratory and the Institute of Offshore Engineering have carried out a laboratory weathering and emulsification study on 40 crude oils from the North Sea; data from the study have been used in the Eurospill model. Experimental spills were carried out in May 1992 to validate the model predictions. This paper presents data from the trials and compares them with model predictions. The model generally overestimates emulsion water content, evaporative loss, and viscosity in the early stages of a spill; but after a day or so model predictions are in better agreement with measured values.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2005 International Oil Spill Conference, IOSC 2005
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    Event2005 International Oil Spill Conference - Miami Beach, FL, United States
    Duration: 15 May 200519 May 2005


    Conference2005 International Oil Spill Conference
    Abbreviated titleIOSC 2005
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityMiami Beach, FL


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