A controversial technique
Although in situ burning was used on a large scale during the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, the use of in situ burning still raises many questions. These issues include the chemical characterisation of burn residues according to the type of oil, the evolution of the toxicity of these residues on the environment and the use of heat-resistant sorbents.
A device to study the efficiency and impacts of ISB
In a quest to find answers to these questions, the teams at Cedre designed the burn test bench which can be used to test:
- the flammability of an oil sample
- the burn rate according to the type of oil and its degree of weathering
- the physical and chemical characterisation of floating and sinking residues
- the potential toxicity of residues
- the characterisation of soot.