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Droplet breakup in subsea oil releases - Part 2: Predictions of droplet size distributions with and without injection of chemical dispersants

Abstract

A new method for prediction of droplet size distributions from subsea oil and gas releases is presented in this paper. The method is based on experimental data obtained from oil droplet breakup experiments conducted in a new test facility at SINTEF. The facility is described in a companion paper, while this paper deals with the theoretical basis for the model and the empirical correlations used to derive the model parameters from the available data from the test facility. A major issue dealt with in this paper is the basis for extrapolation of the data to full scale (blowout) conditions. Possible contribution from factors such as buoyancy flux and gas void fraction are discussed and evaluated based on results from the DeepSpill field experiment.

Category

Academic article

Language

English

Author(s)

Affiliation

  • SINTEF Industry
  • SINTEF Ocean / Miljø og nye ressurser

Year

2013

Published in

Marine Pollution Bulletin

ISSN

0025-326X

Publisher

Elsevier

Volume

73

Issue

1

Page(s)

327 - 335

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