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Challenge Novel Boom System Design
Novel Boom System Design
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 378
Posted: Aug 15 2008
Challenge ID: 7136026
 
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Abstract
One of the main tools used in oil spill response is the boom, which is used to protect areas or to herd oil into a collection device. In the Arctic, the presence of sea ice can eliminate the possibility of deploying boom as a tactic for cleaning oil. We need a novel design for a boom system for collecting oil in a broken ice environment.

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Overview
One of the main tools used in oil spill response is the boom, which is used to protect areas or to herd oil into a collection device like a skimmer. In the Arctic, the presence of sea ice can eliminate the possibility of deploying boom as a tactic for cleaning oil. We need a novel design for a boom system that can collect oil in a broken ice environment.

This is a theoretical challenge which requires a written proposal only. The Solver will propose a design that meets the requirements and justify it with arguments and relevant references. The proposal will be evaluated on a theoretical basis considering current state of the art knowledge. Solutions will require drawings/schematics of the devices proposed.
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