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Special Session: The Impact of the Gulf Coast Oil Spill on Chemical Engineering EducationGulf Coast Oil Spill Clean-up Technologies Using Absorbent Materials Stephanie E. Silliman1, Audrey G. Oldenkamp2 and Dr. Skip Rochefort2,(1)Chemical Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA,(2)School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, Oregon State University,Corvallis, OROn April 20, 2010 the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, releasing pproximately 210,000gallons of oil per day into the Gulf of Mexico. On July 15, 2010 the gushing oil well was finallycapped. Scientists estimate that a total of 205,800,000 gallons of crude oil leaked into the Gulf.The blowout is at a depth of one mile below the surface of the ocean. Most of the oil rises to thesurface due to density differences, but some oil gets trapped in underwater currents and travelsthroughout the ocean. Surface oil cleanup using various absorbent technologies was the focus of anactivity that was developed for both K-12 outreach and the First Year Chemical Engineering courseat OSU. The absorbent materials chosen were 1) Superabsorbant Polymer (SAP) sold specificallyfor the clean-up of oil spills; 2) Commercial cellulose-based absorbant material sold for the purposeof cleaning oil leaks, 3) Raw wool from the Willamette Valley (currently a waste product), and 4) Anon-woven wool product currently sold as a disaster-relief blanket. Activities were developed for awide range of skill levels to demonstrate the effectiveness of the different technologies, as well asthe economics and efficacy of deployment of these technologies in the Gulf Coast region (e.g.,could the current fishing fleet be deployed to use these technologies and if so, how could that bedone)..
Rochefort, W. S. E., & Gerdemann, G. E. (2011, June), Special Session: The Impact of the Gulf Coast Oil Spill on Chemical Engineering Education Gulf Coast Oil Spill Clean-up Technologies Using Absorbent Materials Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18370
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