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Laser Ignition Of Oil Spills
Author(s): Michael B. Frish; Peter E. Nebolsine; Mark A. DeFaccio
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Paper Abstract

A technique for using two lasers operating in tandem to remotely ignite oil pools in the harsh Arctic environment has been developed. A CW CO2 laser "preheats" a localized area of the oil pool for several seconds, thereby raising the surface temperature above the fire-point. A fire is then ignited by a focused high-power pulse from a second laser. The fire sustains itself and spreads when the absorbed laser energy is distributed, by convection in a thin surface layer, over a sufficiently large area. An optical system has been designed which allows the laser beams to be focused and directed onto oil pools from a helicopter.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 January 1987
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0709, Laser Research and Development in the Northeast, (30 January 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.937284
Show Author Affiliations
Michael B. Frish, Physical Sciences Inc. (United States)
Peter E. Nebolsine, Physical Sciences Inc. (United States)
Mark A. DeFaccio, Physical Sciences Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0709:
Laser Research and Development in the Northeast
Evan P. Chicklis; Daniel W. Trainor, Editor(s)

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