BSEE Makes Waves for Oil Spill Response Research
Ohmsett, the National Oil Spill Response Research and Renewable Energy Facility, recently hosted a Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)-contracted team of scientists from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) who evaluated the ability of the test tank wave generator to produce breaking waves at designated areas in the tank.
BSEE maintains and operates the Ohmsett facility, which is used by numerous government agencies, private companies, academic organizations, and international organizations to conduct oil spill response research, testing and training. According to BSEE, the Ohmsett facility houses the largest wave/tow tank in North America; marine energy-related technologies are also tested there.
BSEE is working to develop a means of generating predictable and reproducible breaking waves in the tank to be able to quantify and compare the effect of the energy from breaking waves on oil mitigation systems and energy-capturing devices. The NJIT team experimented with two methods for generating breaking waves at preset locations and time intervals, while collecting wave data to be analyzed with a fluid dynamics software program.