Design of Cost Effective Wave Flume for Oil Spill Studies
R. Samuel Devadoss

Dr. R. Samuel Devadoss, Coastal Engineer, DHI (India) Water & Environment Ltd., India.
Manuscript received on January 11, 2014. | Revised Manuscript received on January 15, 2014. | Manuscript published on January 25, 2014. | PP:43-46 | Volume-2 Issue-3, January 2014. | Retrieval Number: C0644012314/2014©BEIESP

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Abstract: This paper describes the design, construction, and testing of a small wave flume and associated equipment. The wave flume is equipped with a Piston type wavemaker, capable of producing only regular waves. The wave-maker is controlled by a mini three phase digital transformer. The crank shaft has three pitches can produce three stroke length of 8 cm, 16 cm and 24 cm respectively. The passive wave absorber in the form of sandy beach is used with a slope of 1:10 for absorbing waves generated from the wave maker. The constructed wave flume was tested for leakages and enamel proof paints are quoted to reduce the effect of friction. Five distinct oil spill experiments are conducted in wave flume. The wave flume design is cost effective both in construction and operational phases.
Keywords: Wave Flume, Piston Wave Maker, Oil Spill, Passive Absorbers