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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-16-10 09:18 PM
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15. I just looked at that...there's no way it can work
The problem is bow wake. Look at this picture:

The white V coming off the front of the boat is the bow wake; note it is being pushed away from the ship. Now, imagine you've got oil in the water, and vents just behind the area of bow wake. None of that oil is going to go into the vents; it will be pushed away from them by the natural motion of the ship.

If they would have put the intake right into the very front of the bow, so the oil would go straight in, this should work fine with or without dispersant. But since they designed it so the oil will never reach the vents, they're screwed.
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  -'Super skimmer' a giant bust in Gulf cleanup IDemo  Jul-16-10 05:34 PM   #0 
  - This being the machine that a lot of people were jumping up and down about  hedgehog   Jul-16-10 05:37 PM   #1 
  - Yep.  Davis_X_Machina   Jul-16-10 05:58 PM   #4 
  - Way back when the leak first happened  Bitwit1234   Jul-18-10 07:15 PM   #25 
  - I wonder how much of the problem was because of the dispersants  Arctic Dave   Jul-16-10 05:37 PM   #2 
  - Good question. On the other hand, my impression is that there is  hedgehog   Jul-16-10 06:11 PM   #5 
  - my thought exactly...  eowyn_of_rohan   Jul-16-10 07:08 PM   #6 
  - exactly  another saigon   Jul-16-10 09:02 PM   #14 
     - Yes, they have. I heard that explanation on Anderson Cooper's show  juajen   Jul-18-10 12:53 AM   #23 
  - So it collected water & dumped oil back into the Gulf??? (nt)  Autumn Colors   Jul-16-10 05:58 PM   #3 
  - I wonder how Costiner's system is working. nt.  BlueIdaho   Jul-16-10 07:33 PM   #7 
  - so, no one bothered to test this thing before bringing it half-way-round the world?  ixion   Jul-16-10 07:34 PM   #8 
  - Bobby Jindal approved it sight-unseen.  formercia   Jul-16-10 07:39 PM   #9 
  - Where would you test something like that other than the first big spill of opportunity?  bluedigger   Jul-16-10 08:57 PM   #11 
  - There certainly would have been ways to test the technology  ixion   Jul-16-10 09:00 PM   #12 
  - Well, I guess they could have purposely overturned an oil tanker or something to test it elsewhere  Doremus   Jul-16-10 09:02 PM   #13 
  - Proof of the "Peter Principle." When all positions are filled by incompetents.  Downwinder   Jul-16-10 09:35 PM   #16 
  - There's a Super Skinner bust?  pinboy3niner   Jul-16-10 07:45 PM   #10 
  - I just looked at that...there's no way it can work  jmowreader   Jul-16-10 09:18 PM   #15 
  - "Wait wait wait wait wait..."  krispos42   Jul-16-10 11:01 PM   #17 
  - Not clear if its a fundemental flaw or if its correctable  ProgressiveProfessor   Jul-16-10 11:21 PM   #18 
  - The problem is that this is a jury-rigged vessel  Merchant Marine   Jul-17-10 02:51 AM   #19 
  - If they hadn't dispersed the oil, it might have worked.  Vinca   Jul-17-10 04:58 AM   #20 
  - The owner thinks so too.  onestepforward   Jul-17-10 05:37 AM   #21 
  - They're saying it would have worked if they'd used it BEFORE the Corexit. n/t  Ian David   Jul-17-10 07:27 AM   #22 
  - Golly Gee, you mean oil mixed with millions of gallons of dispersant  Overseas   Jul-18-10 02:33 AM   #24 

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