RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

TESTING

OHMSETT FACILITY
NWS EARLE WATERFRONT
ROUTE 36, BUILDING R-26
LEONARDO, NJ 07737
Ph 732-866-7183

Ohmsett's unique testing venue plays an essential role in the development of new technology. We provide the perfect opportunity to evaluate new designs and prototypes, and to test the efficiency of new oil spill devices against a wide range of controlled oil spills with known characteristics. Ohmsett allows manufacturers the opportunity to learn more about their product by testing in real environmental conditions and real-time data analysis for equipment designers, allowing them to redesign and develop more effective procedures for responding to future oil spills.

The facility also supports research projects to study oil behavior, pumping strategies, towing forces, oil/mineral aggregates, bio-fuels, remote sensors, submerged and sunken oil, and chemical dispersants, to name just a few. Current researchers have included government agencies, universities, private companies and environmental research organizations.

MEASUREABLE TEST PARAMETERS

Sea State (wave height, length, and period)
Tow Speed
Meteorological data
Water temperature and salinity
Volume of oil encountered and recovered
Oil-water ratios
Oil viscosities
Oil Behavior
Booms
Skimmers
Sorbents
Temporary Storage Devices
Pumping Systems
Remote Sensing Devices
Fire-Resistant Boom
Dispersants
Oil Properties

EQUIPMENT TESTING INCLUDES:

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Unlike field testing, researchers using Ohmsett's facilities are able to control test conditions. Our large test tank can accommodate full-size equipment. Therefore, testing at Ohmsett produces more accurate and reliable results while avoiding the need for scale models. And, unlike tests that use popcorn, oranges, or other biodegradable substitutes for oil, equipment testing at Ohmsett can be evaluated under authentic conditions using real oil.

Ohmsett's objective experts are available to help response companies with pre-purchase testing of equipment, and to assist manufacturers with product testing and improvements. Real-world spill conditions are created in a the test basin where equipment or remediation techniques are evaluated and confidently translated to field use. Our facility has proven to be the ideal facility for testing and analyzing the practical effectiveness of equipment such as booms, skimmers, sorbents, temporary storage devices, pumping systems, and remote sensing devices. Ohmsett continually adapts to support industry research and testing needs by developing applicable testing environments.  Examples of these capabilities include in-situ burns (Propane) for fire boom testing, dispersant related evaluations, emulsion formation, and Arctic water testing.

FACILITY TEST OILS:

Hdrocal 300 
Calsol 8240 
Sundex 790 and 8600 
Diesel Fuel
*If you need an oil not listed, please inquire about alternative oils.

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