Oil Weathering Modell
Oil weathering processes occur at rates that are strongly dependent on environmental conditions (wind, sea state, sea temperature, ice conditions), in addition to oil type. The objective with this task is to develop an ice module into the SINTEF OWM to be able to predict weathering propetoes of oil in ice.
The various oil weathering processes affect the oil mass balance, and cause changes in oil properties which are of importance for oil spill response (density, water content, viscosity, pour point, flash point/ignitability).
SINTEF’s Oil Weathering Model (OWM) has been developed to account for these processes on the basis small and meso-scale laboratory tests and several full-scale field experiments. Development so far has had primary emphasis on temperate/ice free waters.
This task is initiated in 2008