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The use of wide-band transmittance imaging to size and classify suspended particulate matter in seawater

The use of wide-band transmittance imaging to size and classify suspended particulate matter in seawater

Category
Journal publication
Abstract
An in situ particle imaging system for measurement of high concentrations of suspended particles ranging from 30 μm to several mm in diameter, is presented. The system obtains quasi-silhouettes of particles suspended within an open-path sample volume of up to 5 cm in length. Benchmarking against spherical standards and the LISST-100 show good agreement, providing confidence in measurements from the system when extending beyond the size, concentration and particle classification capabilities of the LISST-100. Particle-specific transmittance is used to classify particle type, independent of size and shape. This is applied to mixtures of oil droplets, gas bubbles and oil-coated gas bubbles, to provide independent measures of oil and gas size distributions, concentrations, and oil-gas ratios during simulated subsea releases. The system is also applied to in situ measurements of high concentrations of large mineral flocs surrounding a submarine mine tailings placement within a Norwegian Fjord.
Language
English
Affiliation
  • SINTEF Ocean / Miljø og nye ressurser
Year
2017
Published in
Marine Pollution Bulletin
ISSN
0025-326X
Volume
115
Issue
1-2
Page(s)
105 - 114