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The model also includes: The model is lacking in several areas: Johansen's model is more complex than Mackay's model. It considers particles to be in one of three states: The empirically based model uses probabilistic variables to determine where the dispersant will move and where it will go after it breaks up oil slicks.

The drift of each particle is determined by the state of that particle; this means that a particle in the vapor state will travel much further than a particle on the surface or under the surface of the ocean. Oil dispersants are modeled by Johansen using a different set of entrainment and resurfacing parameters for treated versus untreated oil. This allows areas of the oil slick to be modeled differently, to better understand how oil spreads along the water's surface.

Surfactants are classified into four main types, each with different properties and applications: Anionic surfactants are compounds that contain an anionic polar group.

Examples of anionic surfactants include sodium dodecyl sulfate and dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate. Many of these compounds are quaternary ammonium salts , as well as cetrimonium bromide CTAB. An example of a zwitterionic compound is phosphatidylcholine , which as a lipid is largely insoluble in water. Surfactant behavior is highly dependent on the hydrophilic-lipophilic balance HLB value.

The HLB is a coding scale from 0 to 20 for non- ionic surfactants, and takes into account the chemical structure of the surfactant molecule. A zero value corresponds to the most lipophilic and a value of 20 is the most hydrophilic for a non-ionic surfactant.

Compounds with an HLB value above 13 will form a clear solution in water. Two formulations of different dispersing agents for oil spills, Dispersit and Omni-Clean, are shown below. A key difference between the two is that Omni-Clean uses ionic surfactants and Dispersit uses entirely non-ionic surfactants. Omni-Clean was formulated for little or no toxicity toward the environment. Dispersit, however, was designed as a competitor with Corexit.

Dispersit contains non-ionic surfactants, which permit both primarily oil-soluble and primarily water-soluble surfactants. The partitioning of surfactants between the phases allows for effective dispersion.

Both the degradation and the toxicity of dispersants depend on the chemicals chosen within the formulation. Compounds which interact too harshly with oil dispersants should be tested to ensure that they meet three criteria: Dispersants can be delivered in aerosolized form by an aircraft or boat. Sufficient dispersant with droplets in the proper size are necessary; this can be achieved with an appropriate pumping rate.

The ratio of dispersant to oil is typically 1: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Torrey Canyon oil spill. Exxon Valdez oil spill. Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Is the cure worse than the ailment? Retrieved 7 April Center for Biological Diversity. Retrieved 6 April Mechanisms of Action and Laboratory Tests. Retrieved 4 April Retrieved 23 May Environmental Pollution Barking, Essex: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

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