But LEAKWISE sensors do more than provide a reliable oil on water leak alert. LEAKWISE analyze the thickness of the hydrocarbon layers and the percent of water in oily emulsions. In addition, LEAKWISE sensors also detect the interface between any two immiscible liquids with different absorption rates. These qualities make the LEAKWISE sensors perfect for oil skimmer control
Oil skimmer control removes oil floating on the water surface. The idea is to cause the floating oil to adhere to a tube or disc, which then return to the oil skimmer machine to be wiped clean. Alternatively, Weir oil skimmers pump floating oils into the oil skimmer. The oil skimmer control operations are based on the specific gravity of the hydrocarbons, which lead them to naturally separate from the water (oil and water don’t mix as the adage goes). The second property used by oil skimmers is that oil tends to form stronger bonds to itself and other materials than it does to water. That is what enables oil skimmers to cause oil to adhere to them.