A MINI REVIEW OF USING OLEOPHILIC SKIMMERS FOR OIL SPILL RECOVERY

Author(s): 
Anh Tuan Hoang1,2*, Minh Quang Chau3

Affiliation(s): 
1Ho Chi Minh city University of Transport
2The Central Transport College VI, Vietnam
3Industrial University of Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam
*Corresponding Author Email: anhtuanhoang1980@gmail.com

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Marine pollution due to spilled oil has become a major issue in the aquatic environment protection over the past decades. Externally, the spilled oil can penetrate animal feathers and fur resulting in decreasing the movement ability and the control ability of the body temperature of animals. When ingested, the spilled oil can also seriously affect the balance of the metabolism, the water retention. As a result, many kinds of animals were found to be killed by oil spills. Finding the effective methods for oil spill treatment is extremely urgent aiming to respond to incidents related to oil spill-recovery strategy. Among as-used methods including physical-, chemical-, biological-, thermal- and mechanical techniques, mechanical equipment showed the highest efficiency and rate of oil spill recovery. In this work, a type of mechanical equipment such as oleophilic skimmers was reviewed on the basis of the published study. The classification and the issues regarding technical parameters were introduced. Finally, impact factors such as weather conditions were mentioned.