Pneumatic Oil Barrier
The pneumatic oil barrier or compressed air barrier is a plant for waters or port facilities. It creates a barrier for anything floating on the water, holding back especially floating oil and flotsam. For more than 50 years, it is used in locks, ports, rivers, canals or for the protection of industrial plants.
In a system permanently installed hoses or pipes with special nozzle openings are anchored to the seabed. In case of alarm, compressed air generated in a compressed air system is pushed into the nozzle tube. The air exiting the nozzle produces a vertical flow, which converts to the water surface in two horizontal currents in the water. These horizontal currents keep the water surface floating oil and other substances driving back. Boats or ships can pass the barrier freely. A permanently installed compressed air system is ready for use in just a few minutes after activation. This system can operate without additional work force and can also be used in case of fire.
The efficiency of a pneumatic oil barrier is increased by steadily rising or trailing oil flotsam advent of pressure on the barrier and exceeds the force of the current. In case of alarm is simultaneously skimming the driving materials needed to maintain the function of the barrier.
- Rapid activation
- No personnel required
- Shipping traffic not disrupted
- Turn-key delivery
- 2 minutes for 160 m harbour entrance
- 9 minutes for 1000 m bay
- Compressed-air station
- Polyethylene compressed-air pipe
- Special nozzles
- Air-supply, nozzle and drainage hoses
- Control valve
- Drainage valve
- Saudi Arabia