Modeling research of exposure to oil aerosols during oil spills

Tianhong Zhou, Hongtan Liu

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Abstract

When oil is spilled at sea, aerosols containing oil or chemical dispersants (when they are used to combat the oil spill) can be formed from wind/wave interactions, wave/ship interactions, and some other attendant cleanup operations. This may result in oil aerosol exposure to response workers or the nearby public. In this paper, a modeling approach is proposed to study the resultant aerosol concentrations around an oil spill site. This computational modeling is developed by integrating aerosol formation with aerosol transportation equations. Using this model, several hypothetical scenarios can be generated. From computational iterations, it is seen that this exposure may be negligible in most situations, but under extreme conditions, a cause for concern.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2005 International Oil Spill Conference, IOSC 2005
Pages4846-4849
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Event2005 International Oil Spill Conference, IOSC 2005 - Miami Beach, FL, United States
Duration: May 15 2005May 19 2005

Other

Other2005 International Oil Spill Conference, IOSC 2005
CountryUnited States
CityMiami Beach, FL
Period5/15/055/19/05

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Zhou, T., & Liu, H. (2005). Modeling research of exposure to oil aerosols during oil spills. In 2005 International Oil Spill Conference, IOSC 2005 (pp. 4846-4849)