The development of a simple and inexpensive standard test protocol to determine a realistic nameplate capacity for oil skimmers is underway within the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM); however, there are differing opinions on how these tests should be conducted. A significant point of contention has been whether to test skimmers using oil only or using an oil layer on water. A test protocol using both methods was drafted and the United States Minerals Management Service (MMS) funded a series of experiments to ‘test the tests’ in July and August 2007 at Ohmsett - National Oil Spill Response Test Tank Facility. The data and results from the Ohmsett tests allowed stakeholders within an ASTM F-20 subcommittee on skimmers to reach a consensus on a general test methodology and the draft protocol is currently being finalized and balloted as a new ASTM standard. This paper discusses the test series that was conducted at Ohmsett during July and August 2007.
Development of an American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) Stationary Skimmer Test Protocol - Phase 2 Development