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    I can plug oil leak, says NY genius

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    Quote(BP's engineers can't stop the gushing oil spill, but a young genius from Long Island says she found the solution in less time than it takes most people to finish a crossword puzzle.

    Since the "top kill," "junk shot" and "top hat" techniques failed to end the environmental nightmare, Alia Sabur -- who started her engineering Ph.D. at age 14 -- is pushing for a more radical idea.

    The Northport native, who started reading before she could walk and who at 18 broke a 300-year-old record to become the youngest-ever college professor, proposes surrounding a pipe with deflated automobile tires, inserting it into the leaking riser, and then inflating the wheels to form a seal.)

    Perhaps BP should be considering idea's like this, especially as they seem to be getting no where with their own idea's?

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    Re: I can plug oil leak, says NY genius

    Not only should BP be listening, but also the government.
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    Re: I can plug oil leak, says NY genius

    Nothing else has worked so far, why not. At least it sounds cheap and relatively harmless.

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    Re: I can plug oil leak, says NY genius

    It should be noted that as attractive as the idea sounds, there is the reality of pressure of 1 ton per square inch where the leak is situated. Auto tires would not withstand such pressure. If the leak were near sea level, the idea would be far more viable.

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    Re: I can plug oil leak, says NY genius

    Are we sure this girl is actually a genius and not someone who recently stayed at a holiday inn express?
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    Re: I can plug oil leak, says NY genius

    Quote Originally Posted by jujuman13 View Post
    .....proposes surrounding a pipe with deflated automobile tires, inserting it into the leaking riser, and then inflating the wheels to form a seal.)
    .....because even fully deflated, automobile tires are significantly larger than the well's diameter.

    Even if you could fit them down the well, they would have to sit horizontal, and then oil would escape through the wheel.

    You would need a long, narrow version of those high-pressure air bags major salvage companies use to move barges off land.

    And then there's still the problem of how to make the inflatable go down the pipe while all that oil is blasting up.
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    Re: I can plug oil leak, says NY genius

    Something I haven't seen yet. Why don't, or can't, they replace the BOP?
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    Re: I can plug oil leak, says NY genius

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post

    And then there's still the problem of how to make the inflatable go down the pipe while all that oil is blasting up.
    Exactly. This so called "genius" doesn't understand "pressure" and "physics" I guess. lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by ADK_Forever View Post
    Something I haven't seen yet. Why don't, or can't, they replace the BOP?
    Because at this point, the BOP is holding back most of the flow. If they were to remove it, the full 13,500psi from the well would be released, and there would then be no way to mount the replacement BOP. Had they been able to temporarily stop the flow with the drill mud during top kill, replacing the BOP would have been very high up on the list of possible fixes.

    edit- Also, there is concern that one of the inner production casings has been dislodged and is jammed up into the bottom of the BOP. IF that is the case, then removing the BOP would allow that production casing to shoot out of the hole. Think of a blowdart gun shooting the worlds biggest blowdart... too many unknown variables to take the chance.
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    Re: I can plug oil leak, says NY genius

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    It should be noted that as attractive as the idea sounds, there is the reality of pressure of 1 ton per square inch where the leak is situated. Auto tires would not withstand such pressure. If the leak were near sea level, the idea would be far more viable.
    The pressure at a depth of 5000+ft is approximately 1780 psi, so one would have to inflate the tire to 1780 psi just to achieve equal pressure. On the ocean floor, if you then proceed to mount a tire inflated to 1780 psi to a car, it would be flat.

    If my math is correct, then if you wanted a tire with a maximum rated psi of 45lbs to be fully inflated at a depth of 5,000ft, then you would have to inflate the tire to 80,100psi. Given the pressure exerted by the environment at that depth, the tire should behave as though it were inflated to 45psi at ocean level.

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    Re: I can plug oil leak, says NY genius

    Quote Originally Posted by ADK_Forever View Post
    Something I haven't seen yet. Why don't, or can't, they replace the BOP?
    It's ankered to the well head, and it has a couple hounded feet of drill string running down it, which is in turn tangled up in the debris from the blown out well.

    What they can do, however, is put another BOP on top of it. BOPs are designed to stack on top of each other. The only reason why they can't simply plop one down in this case is due to the drill string being in the way.
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