At the beginning of the month, two agents from Cedre conducted oil burn trials on the fire platform at INERIS.
These trials were part of a study, funded by TOTAL, into the characterisation of burn residues according to the type of crude oil.
The first phase of the study was carried out at Cedre at laboratory scale using the burn test bench.
Since the start of the year, over 80 burns have been conducted. During the two days of experiments which made up the second project phase (pilot scale), 9 burns were performed on a total of almost 200 litres of crude oil (4 different crudes).
Following each burn, Cedre was responsible for recovering all the floating unburnt residues while INERIS processed the atmospheric emissions data (quantification and characterization of soot and gases released).
These trials were also the opportunity to test the efficiency of smoke inhibitors. All the data and samples collected will be processed in our laboratory and will help to achieve a clearer understanding of the characterisation and fate in the environment of residues remaining after in situ burning operations.