Challenges in and Approaches to Modeling the Complexities of Deepwater Oil and Gas Release

Rupesh K. Reddy*, A. Rao, Z. Yu, C. Wu, K. Nandakumar, L. Thibodeaux, Kalliat T. Valsaraj

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This chapter (i) documents scantily available data on the 2010 Gulf of Mexico (GoM) deepwater horizon (DWH) oil spill and the sources of such data; (ii) identifies the various mechanisms for transport and physicochemical change of the oil-gas mixture as it interacts with the seawater; (iii) summarizes the mechanistic models available in the literature for each individual process; (iv) identifies the knowledge gaps; and (v) presents a framework towards a global, integrated computational transport phenomena model that could be used in future spills to predict possible scenarios. A variety of alternate formulations namely, the mixture-Eulerian (M-E) framework, the Eulerian-Lagrangian (E-L) framework, and the Eulerian-Eulerian (E-E), are available for studying multiphase transport processes that permit coupling between various mechanisms. The chapter presents sample model results for controlled experiments that were performed with a mixture of oil and gas plume with uniform ambient cross flow along the height.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOil Spill Remediation
Subtitle of host publicationColloid Chemistry-Based Principles and Solutions
Number of pages38
ISBN (Electronic)9781118825662
ISBN (Print)9781118206706
StatePublished - 28 Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Deepwater horizon (DWH) oil spill
  • Eulerian-Eulerian (E-E) framework
  • Eulerian-Lagrangian (E-L) framework
  • Gulf of Mexico (GoM)
  • Mixture-Eulerian (M-E) framework
  • Multiphase flow models


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