The oil drop size distribution in oil water mixtures is of importance in the design of separators that make use of settling or enhanced settling as in centrifuges. This paper describes an attempt to identify the parameters that affect the size distribution of drops in mechanically generated emulsions.

Oil/water mixtures were made by three different methods. On the basis of the results of these tests, a standard procedure for making mixtures was adopted. This paper presents the results of an extensive series of tests, with three different oils, in which the drop size distributions were measured by a Coulter Counter.

This research effort was jointly sponsored by the U.S. Maritime Administration, Naval Ship Systems Command, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

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