Evaluation of nonwoven polypropylene oil sorbents in marine oil-spill recovery

Q. F. Wei, R. R. Mather, A. F. Fotheringham, R. D. Yang

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Mechanical recovery of oil by oil sorbents is one of the most important countermeasures in marine oil-spill response. Polypropylene is the ideal material for marine oil-spill recovery due to its low density, low water uptake and excellent physical and chemical resistance. Different forms of polypropylene nonwoven sorbents were evaluated in this study in terms of initial oil-sorption capacities and oil-retention properties. The investigation revealed that the fibre diameter, sorbent porosity and oil property are the most important factors in the oil-sorption performance of polypropylene nonwoven sorbents. © 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)780-783
Number of pages4
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003


  • Marine
  • Nonwovens
  • Oil sorbents
  • Oil spills
  • Polypropylene
  • Weathering


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