Evaluation of an evaporation suppressing monolayer system in a controlled wave tank environment

A pilot investigation

Peter Schouten, Sam Putland, Charles Lemckert, Ian Underhill, David Solomon, Devi Sunartio, Andy Leung, Emma Prime, Diana Tran, Greg Qiao

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Abstract

Due to long-term drought conditions coupled with the apparent influence of global warming, compounding water loss has been a very serious issue across the vast majority of the Australian continent. During these drought conditions, the evaporative effect outweighs the amount of precipitation being received on a year to year basis. Several methods have been introduced in recent history to inhibit the amount of evaporative loss from various types of water bodies such as the application of thin layer chemical films (monolayers). A series of solvent, solid and suspension derived prototype monolayers, based on ethylene glycol monooctadecyl ether (C18E1), are examined in this current study as an approach to eliminate the problems seen to occur with the previous types of monolayers. This research evaluates the fundamental effect of wind and wave based activity upon these prototype monolayers in an atmospherically controlled enclosure positioned over a large extended water tank using real-time environmental measurements. Selected performance results for the prototype monolayers as measured within the enclosed water tank were compared to results measured from a control monolayer film based on a commonly used octadecanol suspension film. The results show that under varying wind and wave conditions the prototype monolayers inhibit evaporation at a level similar to or better than the octadecanol standard, even when delivered at lower raw dosages.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-64
Number of pages16
JournalAustralian Journal of Water Resources
Volume16
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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