- Oil Spill Device Testing Services


Unlike field testing, researchers using Ohmsett's facilities are able to control test conditions. Our large test tank can accommodate full-size equipment. Therefore, testing at Ohmsett produces more accurate and reliable results while avoiding the need for scale models. And, unlike tests that use popcorn, oranges, or other biodegradable substitutes for oil, equipment testing at Ohmsett can be evaluated under authentic conditions using real oil.

Ohmsett's objective experts are available to help response companies with pre-purchase testing of equipment, and to assist manufacturers with product testing and improvements. Real-world spill conditions are created in a the test basin where equipment or remediation techniques are evaluated and confidently translated to field use. Our facility has proven to be the ideal facility for testing and analyzing the practical effectiveness of equipment such as booms, skimmers, sorbents, temporary storage devices, pumping systems, and remote sensing devices. Ohmsett continually adapts to support industry research and testing needs by developing applicable testing environments.  Examples of these capabilities include in-situ burns (Propane) for fire boom testing, dispersant related evaluations, emulsion formation, and Arctic water testing.

  • Sea State (wave height, length, and period)
  • Tow Speed
  • Meteorological data
  • Water temperature and salinity
  • Volume of oil encountered and recovered
  • Oil-water ratios
  • Oil viscosities
  • Oil Behavior

  • Hydrocal 300 
  • Calsol 8240 
  • Sundex 790 and 8600 
  • Diesel Fuel
  • *If you need an oil not listed, please inquire about alternative oils.

  • Surface thermal imaging
  • Wave height altimeters & capacitance probes
  • Pressure transducers
  • Acousitc ranging
  • Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter
  • In-situ Fluorometery
  • Particle size distribution (LISST)
  • Load & strain gauges
  • Torquemeter

  • Booms
  • Skimmers
  • Sorbents
  • Temporary Storage Devices
  • Pumping Systems
  • Remote Sensing Devices
  • Fire-Resistant Boom
  • Dispersants
  • Oil Properties

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