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- From: "Daryl Richardson" <h.d.richardson(--nospam--at)shaw.ca>
- Date: Wed, 5 May 2010 10:34:15 -0600
I have had some thoughts regarding the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and I have some ideas on how to stop it.
I think it should be possible to make a tool in the form of a large pair of pliers or vice grip that could simply pinch off the pipe somewhere "above" the well/sea bottom intersection thereby stopping the leak. Such a tool would require the use of a submarine to operate the tool and a second submarine using lights and TV cameras to guide the application. I believe the U.S. Navy could carry this out.
I foresee two problems with this solution. Perhaps some of you (and I'm thinking of Chris Wright here) could comment on these problems and/or on anything else you want.
Cracks could form at the ends of the "pinch" and propagate upstream possibly causing a bigger leak than we already have. As a solution to this problem I see using a second tool, or perhaps a second part of the primary pinching tool, that would grip the pipe upstream of the "pinch" like a pair of pliers to provide a segment of compressive hoop stress and thereby act as a crack arrester.
The above action should stop the flow of oil but it would also increase the internal pressure upstream of the "pinch". This increase in pressure could possibly cause a new leak upstream of the "pinch". I don't have a solution for this problem.
Perhaps some one of you could forward this (plus any comments it generates) to someone in a position to take action on the idea.
Best regards to all.
H. Daryl Richardson
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