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Comments made by marcalpv

BP Considers Options As Oil Keeps Pouring Into Gulf

I think BP has not tried crimping the pipe to seal. This can be accomplished by two vertical plates squeezed together to crimp the pipe. The forces required are rather large, of the order of 12 million pounds depending on the pressure of the oil.But my calculations show that the pipe will only be subjected to moderate deformations. Please see the video on UTube.
The dome experiment was doomed from the start. The sudden release of the pressure would cause the compressed gases to expand and cool the local region (oil,gas,water mixture). The next dome will do no better. What they have to do is to make a large enough dome and position it far away so that the cold mixture has a chance to cool down. The right conditions can be found from an analysis.
marcalpv, engineer

May 11, 2010 at 2:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )