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Stopping Deepwater Horizon [May. 26th, 2010|07:29 am]
Ben FrantzDale
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The Deepwater Horizon oil spill has been going on for over a month. Would it work for them to freeze it stopped? I realise the oil flow rate is high, but ice has a way of clogging flow. I'm picturing attaching a freezer element to the riser pipe and freezing the pipe, the water around it, and, hopefully the oil from the inside of the pipe.

(No, I haven't cracked open Heat and Mass Transfer to do a back-of-the-napkin calculation.)

[User Picture]From: bonboard
2010-05-27 03:02 am (UTC)
If you can come up with a ridiculous-sounding two-word catchphrase name for the approach that sounds like it was invented by third graders, it probably stands a pretty good chance of getting tried at this point.

"Chill pack"? "Freeze ray"? Something along those lines.
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[User Picture]From: benfrantzdale
2010-05-29 02:23 pm (UTC)
Very good point!
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