Oil spreading on the sea
Oil has become the most important fossil fuel for modern world because of its massive storage and high combustion efficiency. To meet the demands of an energy-consuming society, the scale of offshore oil production and ocean transport of oil has increased rapidly. Along with these activities, the concern on severe environmental damage caused by possible oil spills on the sea is growing. Such industrial accidents can result in irreparable damage to a large scale oceanic ecosystem. When a oil spill occurs, to prevent it from polluting even more areas and recover the polluted area later on, understanding the process of oil spreading on the sea is crucial.
In this talk, I will introduce a classic model developed by J. Buckmaster in 1973, which studies the process of an oil slick spreading on steady water surface. I will then present our numerical simulation of Buckmaster's model and discuss how we are going to model oil spreading on the sea based on this classic model.
(Bagels and refreshments will be served.)