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Measurement of Large Scale Oil Spill Burns (NIST SP 995)



D D. Evans, William D. Walton, Howard R. Baum, James R. Lawson, Ronald G. Rehm, Richard H. Harris Jr., A Ghoniem, J Holland


Research has shown that burning can be an effective means to remove oil from the surface of the water. The combustion characteristics of crude oil have been measured in large laboratory tests using a nominal one meter diameter pool fire. This work reports on progress mid-way through a 2 1/2 year research program. The objective of this research is to develop measurement equipment and calculations that can be used to characterize oil spill burning at operational scale during field trials of the technology. Field scale measurement techniques for fire radiation, smoke yield, particulate sampling, plume trajectory are described. Progress in the calculation of particulate deposition downwind of the burn site is presented.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 995
Report Number


oil spills, measurement, crude oil, pool fires, smoke yield, plumes, sampling, burning rate


Evans, D. , Walton, W. , Baum, H. , Lawson, J. , Rehm, R. , Harris Jr., R. , Ghoniem, A. and Holland, J. (2003), Measurement of Large Scale Oil Spill Burns (NIST SP 995), Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed July 22, 2024)


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Created February 28, 2003, Updated October 12, 2021