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Through a variety of mechanical, electrical, and chemical systems at Ohmsett,
the following test parameters can be controlled or measured:

Sea state (wave height, length, and period)
Tow speed
Meteorological data
Water temperature and salinity
Volume of oil encountered and recovered by test equipment or protocol
Oil-water ratios
Physical characteristics of experimental oil
Behavior of treated oils

Sunken Oil Floor
Herders in Broken Ice

A main towing bridge capable of towing test equipment at speeds up to 6 knots
An auxiliary bridge oil recovery system to quantify skimmer recovery rates
A wave generator capable of simulating regular waves up to one meter in height,
  as well as a simulated harbor chop, FM Slides with selectable: slue rates, start and stop;
& JONSWAP spectra parameterized by wind speed & scale
A movable, wave-damping artificial beach
An oil distribution and recovery system that can handle heavy, viscous oils and emulsions
A control tower with a fully-computerized 32-channel data collection system as well as above-and below-water video
A centrifuge system to recover and recycle test oil
Blending tanks with a water and oil distribution system to produce custom oil/water emulsions for testing
A filtration and oil/water separator system
An electrolytic chlorinator to control biological activity
Permanent and mobile storage tanks that can hold over 227,000 liters of test fluids
A vacuum bridge to clean the bottom of the tank
Staging and shop area for special fabrication
On-site Oil/Water Laboratory
15,000 lb forklift


Ohmsett is located at the Naval Weapons Station Earle Waterfront in scenic
Leonardo, New Jersey (approximately one hour south of New York City).
Ohmsett's above ground concrete test tank is one of the largest of its kind,
measuring 203 meters long by 20 meters wide by 2.4 meters deep. The tank is
filled with 2.6 million gallons of crystal clear saltwater.

The Ohmsett test tank allows testing of full-scale equipment. The tank's wave generator creates realistic sea environments, while state-of-the-art data collection and video systems record test results. Our facility has proven to be ideal for testing equipment, evaluating acquisition options, and validating research findings.

Government agencies, academia, public and private companies use Ohmsett as a research center to test oil spill containment/clean-up equipment and techniques, to test new designs in response equipment, and to conduct training with actual oil spill response technologies.