CRREL Harvests Ice for Oil Spill Research

Leonard “Zab” Zabilansky, left, of the Army’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, makes a precision cut as Kevin Haskins of Army’s Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory, slides a 20cm thick block onto a loading ramp on Wednesday. The two are part of an eight-person, U.S. Engineering Research and Development Center team harvesting three “crops” of salt water ice needed to test oil recovery techniques in ice-infested water. The research is being conducted by the National Oil Spill Response Research and Renewable Energy Test Facility in Leonardo, N.J. CRREL’s Ice Engineering Test Basin is generating about 62 tons of the meter-square blocks, which are then being trucked to the New Jersey site.

Photograph courtesy of CRREL.