RAPID: Multi-phase Buoyant Plumes in Stratified Water Study relevant to Oil Sp

Research project

Description

With the recent Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico the behavior of
oil plumes in the natural environment has come become a central question. Building upon preliminary experiments performed in the UNC Fluids lab which demonstrate the possibility for sub-surface trapping of buoyant turbulent plumes in stratified water, we propose a RAPID research study of multi-phase plumes such as those occurring in the spill. Specifically, we propose experiments in the stratified fluids facility in the UNC fluids lab to explore the combined roles of turbulent mixing, strong ambient stratifications, plume buoyancy, and use of surfactants (dispersants) in creating under water trapped plumes.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date9/1/108/31/12

Funding

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)

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plume
oil
water
fluid
experiment
stratified fluid
dispersant
turbulent mixing
oil spill
buoyancy
surfactant
trapping
stratification