Oleophobic Coatings for Oil Spill Response Equipment
Publication Date: 2016-Feb-22
The IP.com Prior Art Database
Once oil is spilt into the environment, it often is recovered using containment booms and mechanical oil skimmers. Current practice is for containment boom to be used to either increase the thickness of oil for skimming operations or to protect/deflect oil from impacting sensitive or important resources. In both cases, the equipment used will become inundated with oil as oil adheres well to most substrates including the materials that containment boom is made of (e.g., polyurethane, polyvinylchloride, high-density polyethylene) and metal surfaces on oil skimmers (e.g., aluminum, steel). The process to remove oil from response equipment can be labor intensive and potentially dangerous. If a solution to eliminate or greatly reduce the amount of oil stranded on containment booms or oil skimmers can be found, the time to decontaminate those resources would be reduced which in turn limits response workers contact with oil. Further, oil can degrade many of the materials that response equipment is made of. Rapid removal of the oil will allow the equipment to maintain integrity and last longer.