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    • ISSN: 2010-0221
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    • DOI: 10.18178/IJCEA
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Prof. Dr. Shen-Ming Chen
National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan

IJCEA 2014 Vol.5(2): 186-189 ISSN: 2010-0221
DOI: 10.7763/IJCEA.2014.V5.375

Viscous-Gravity Spreading of Oil on Water: Modeling and Challenges

R. Chebbi
Abstract—Oil spreading is one of the major factors affecting the fate of oil spills on water. Modeling spreading is required to study the impact of oil slicks on the environment and plants using sea water including desalination units. Spreading of oil on water undergoes three stages. In the second stage, gravity acts as the main driving force against the viscous force, which is the main resisting force in stages 2 and 3. The paper presents the state of the art in modeling the second stage of spreading. Challenges in analyzing viscous-gravity spreading of continuously discharged oil on water are also presented.

Index Terms—Oil, slick, spill, spreading, viscous gravity, water.

R. Chebbi is with the Chemical Engineering Department, AmericanUniversity of Sharjah, Sharjah, 26666 UAE (e-mail:


Cite:R. Chebbi, "Viscous-Gravity Spreading of Oil on Water: Modeling and Challenges," International Journal of Chemical Engineering and Applications vol. 5, no. 2 pp. 186-189, 2014.

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