Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Possible Solution to capture the oil from the BP Leak

This solution modifies the existing LMRP Cap.  I've tried to reconstruct it here in the 3D model.  The first image is of the model off the BP site.  The original LMRP Cap would remove the sealing grommet and install a slightly tapered pipe that would expand the existing riser pipe as its pressed in.

One of the issues coming off the riser is that the existing pipe was clipped rather than nicely sawed.
By inserting a slightly tapered pipe end into it you could basically expand the existing steel (assuming you can place enough pressure on it through weight etc.) and insert it into the tube.  This would create a metal to metal seal.  You would have a ball valve on top of the tube you're inserting that would be open and then you close it slowly or begin taking in oil.
Here's some sketches.

This would wedge the proposed tube into the riser. If your angle of attack is shallow, then it would be a longer tube ensuring a better seal.

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