Ohmsett's unique testing venue plays an essential role in the development of new technology. We provide the perfect opportunity to evaluate new designs and prototypes, and to test the efficiency of new oil spill devices against a wide range of controlled oil spills with known characteristics. Ohmsett allows manufacturers the opportunity to learn more about their product by testing in real environmental conditions and real-time data analysis for equipment designers, allowing them to redesign and develop more effective procedures for responding to future oil spills.
Sea State (wave height, length, and period)
Water temperature and salinity
Volume of oil encountered and recovered
Temporary Storage Devices
Remote Sensing Devices
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Unlike field testing, researchers using Ohmsett's facilities are able to control test conditions. Our large test tank can accommodate full-size equipment. Therefore, testing at Ohmsett produces more accurate and reliable results while avoiding the need for scale models. And, unlike tests that use popcorn, oranges, or other biodegradable substitutes for oil, equipment testing at Ohmsett can be evaluated under authentic conditions using real oil.
Surface thermal imaging
Wave height altimeters & capacitance probes
Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter
Interfacial/Surface Tensiometer: Fisher Model 20
Oil content analyzer: Horiba OCMA-500
UV Spectrophotometer: Scilogex UV1000
Viscometer: HAAKE VTiQ Air
Coulometric Karl Fischer Titrator: Metrohm 917
Densiometer: D4 Mettler Toledo
pH/Ion Meter: Metrohm 781
Particle size distribution: LISST 200X & LISST 100X
Load & strain gauges
Remote operated vehicles: Deep Trekker & Video Ray
The facility also supports research projects to study oil behavior, pumping strategies, towing forces, oil/mineral aggregates, bio-fuels, remote sensors, submerged and sunken oil, and chemical dispersants, to name just a few. Current researchers have included government agencies, universities, private companies and environmental research organizations.
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