US 20030111400 A1
An small compact framed control hydropholic material example, 18″×18″ clean up sheet that wind and water current will not effect it's shape removing light oil on an body of water surface and below surface.
1. The method of an flipper oil spill clean up system for removing light oil, from the surface of a body of water, said upper and lower water depth, which will prevent pads from lose its shape, that wind and water current want effect. Comprising a handle having first and second ends, the first end of the handle comprising a pivotal support, engaging a frame, said frame having floats, provided thereupon the frame supporting said a sheet of hydropholic material, (for example, a standard 18″×18 clean-up sheet) means two opposing end, joint togather inplace beteen two pair identical floats, support by spring hinge. Comprising protective changeable flat bar, mean on said for various size of clean up sheet, in an open taut exposed fashion said, that a majority of both side of the sheet are open and exposed. Comprising floats on opposing side of the frame, adjacent to the pivotal connection, said configured to provide angled opposing end, and side, or below, mean on said funneling light oil onto hydropholic material. And second end a handle mounted on said frame which telescope in 7 feet section which in motion propelling forward and down, and pulled back and down, and an level, which frame said different angle, frame swept through a body of water, said top surface and below water surface causing said a parachute affect on clean up sheet, and said positioned under the spill area and lifted, so that the water run through hydropholic material, while the oil adheres to the sheet, and small contaminated debris mix with light oil said collected; are removed which as framed and supported said forms a planar collection area said one side of the sheet is saturated with oil said lifting frame off water surface, or partial on water surface, becomes unbalanced, mean on said pivot the frame over exposing the un-used side of the clean up sheet, said lifting from under the water surface to the oil floating thereupon when the sheet is saturated on both side are replace.
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 Do to the fact of terrorism and that large volume of vessal refueling on water, or near by water, and the endless of on going of equipment containing diesel, hydraulic, transmission, or lubrication oils. Are extremely toxic, and harmful to the environment, working on mass of water, swamp, marsh, stream, bay, ocean, river, bayou, and pit. this invention principal basic on collecting light, oil spill, and small, contaminated debris mix with oil.
 Problem in the prior art useing one sheet of absorbing in light oil spill, is control the clean up sheet in water current, wind, an surface depth, also have trouble retrieving clean up sheet after used, causing lost sheet in environment. Another prior art problem to remove oil below water surface.
 This device comprising a handle which can be use on any mass of water, following large, or small oil spill clean up, and different kind of oil containing petroleum basic oil, its can be easily used with a standard clean—up sheet, to remove light patch of loose floating oil on surface, and small tar ball of higher specific gravity, some time just below water surface on final clean up, also with its compact size an mobility to be deploy quickly, an effective limted the use of bulk equipment. Then the invention was concern about monitoring and remove oil along side boom, and area inside the containment boom, and contaminated bottem soil round oil well, when light oil rise from bottem to surface, and collects along water banks an booms.
 Their have been variety of techniques develop for removing oil from water surface, Murphy et al U.S. Pat. No. 50,884,171, Rhodes U.S. Pat. No. 3,748,682, Bogosian U.S. Pat. No. 3,739,913, Rhodes U.S. Pat. No. 3,668,118, Burroughs et al U.S. Pat. No. 3,667,608, Down U.S. Pat. No. 3,669,275, Sharpton U.S. Pat. No. 3,643,804, McClintock U.S. Pat. No. 3,146,192, Erickson U.S. Pat. No. 1,768,310. These method only apply to gross removal in heavy saturation large area Murphy et al U.S. Pat. No. 50,884,171, have a random number of adsording clean-up sheet, that cover a wide spread on the collection area, its typically dose not have the movablitiy, and the containment control capablitiy on light oil spill, in small congestion area. Rodes U.S. Pat. No. 3,748,682, oil mop a hand held oil adsorbing device with polyprolene strands, have limited capability too pick up light oil, causing disruption when strand meet water surface in light clean-up oil spill, and by dipped on water surface have no containment of oil, also it has to be wrung out in a holding area. So what thus previously had not been offered a single hands handle operator device that final clean up on surface water an below water surface that contain light oil in operation in small area, an large open area.
 The object of this invention to provide a compact hand implement device, for collecting light oil spill, upon the surface an below a body of water. Problem with prior art that when a adsorbing clean up sheet makes contact on one side with oil in heavy oil spill, oil will adsorb through the bottem first, an than oil penetrate through top of pad allow the pad to be used 100%. but in light oil spill clean up their is limit of penetration of oil through pad causing the need to flip adsorbing clean up sheet on exposed clean side, to attain the maximum use of one adsorbing pad.
 The device comprising a handle having the first end of the the device comprising a pivotal support engaging a frame, the frame having float provided thereupon, the frame supporting a sheet of hydropholic material for example, a (17″×19″18″×18″ or 16″×19″ clean up-sheet) in an open, taut exposed fashion such that a majority of both sides of the sheet are open and exposed the containment float on opposing sides of the frame adjacent to the pivotal connection are configured to provide angled opposing end. In use the second end the handle, is held by a operator, and the framed sheet is positioned in the vicinity of an oil spill and may be swept through the spill area with the frame at an angle or it may be positioned under the spill area and lifted, so that the water runs through the hydropholic material, while the oil adheres to the sheet which, as framed and supported, form a containment area and planar collection area. Once one side of the sheet is saturated with oil, it becomes unbalanced, and pivots the frame over, exposing the un-used side of the sheet for lifting from under the water surface to the oil floating thereupon, Once the sheet is saturated on both sides, it is removed from and a new one placed thereupon, and the operation repeated, until the spill is cleaned up
FIG. 1, FIG. 2, FIG. 3, show an detailed description of a FLIPPER OIL SPILL CLEAN SYSTEM 14 which has two containment floats 12 vertical parallel each other containment floats 12 and two horizon flat bars 3 parallel each other that are changeable with a 19″ inch or 17″ inch flat bars 3 to adjust for variety of different size absorbing clean up sheet 10 that is held in place by a flat head srew 8, an attach to the two bottem containment floats 12 ends on the flat side on containment floats 12, an ¼″ by one ⅛″ inch slot 4 for flat bar 3 this form an plane area supporting a clean up sheet 10 creating a collection area 11. The wish bone shape round bar 1 made of aluminum is 10″ inch long at the clearance point 16 allow for pivotal rotation of frame 13 two end of 1 is freely fixed to pival hole 9 on the bottem of containment floats 12 creating a rotation axis 6 located at the top center of flat side on bottem of two containment floats 12. These containment floats 12 are stafoan with an coated outside lyer of fiber glass on containment floats 12 the handle 2 can be telesocpe out 7′ to 14′ feet handle 2 there are four single floats. the four are 18″ inch long 1″, ¼″ inch wide each ends are cut 45 degree 7 toward collection area 11 to help garther oil in collection area 11 and oil log against fixes area. The long body containment floats 12 is 15 degree taper 20 back 7″ inch from each ends of containment floats 12 leaving 4″¼″ inches length 1-¼″ wide in the middle center area 18, one side will remaind flat on containment float 12 having four identical containment floats 12 which two pair are stack on its flat side top of each other forming two identical containment float 12. The containment float point 17 has been cut 45 degree 15 toward collection area 11 on taper side to allow for oil run off toward collection area 11, when position under vicinity of oil when lifted up frame 13 this 45 degree angle 15 starting at the containment point floats 12 allow for oil run off on collection area 11. The containment floats 12 has a 15 degree angle 20 that help ride frame 13 up along shore line, banks, an shallow water area all these 15, 45, degree angle help cut through water limit disrupt of water that help stop the breaking up oil in environment, this allow the flipper in operating an catching loose floating patches of oil on collection area 11. There are two open and close spring hing 5 jointing together the top an bottem identical containment float 12 this allow for quick change out for a new aborsbing clean up sheet 10 thereupon the frame 13, collection area 11. When containment floats 12 are open ⅛″ inch pin are exposed creating teeths 19 to hold absorbing clean up sheet 10 inplace their teeths 20 are space 2″ inch from each ends on flat side on bottem containment floats 12 an the middle teeths 9″ inch from both ends of containment floats 12 ¼″ inch, off inter containment floats 12 the teeths 19 has been set.
FIG. 1, The 2 is being pushed out in the direction of top arrow showing frame 13 moving to the left The handle 2 is being pull back in the direction of bottem arrow show frame 13 moving to the right in this view and collection area 11 planed out level just below water surface makes contact with light oil when lifted frame 13 up oil adheres to the top cleam up sheet 10 to exposed clean up side sheet in FIG. 4FIG. 2 The handle 2 is being pushed down in an angle show in the direction of arrow by keeping one end in water an pushing handle 2 in the direction of the left arrow this allow the saturated side to flip collection area 11 over with frame 13 exposing the un- use side of pad also FIG. 2, The handle 2 is being pushed down in an angle below water surface and lifted up trapping anything in its path bring oil small debria to the surface on 11 area
FIG. 3, The handle 2 is being pulled back in an angle show in the direction of arrow by keeping one end in below water surface allow water press to hold to bottem half of frame 13 and continuing pulling back in the direction of arrow allow frame 13 out of water to freely rotate over past 90 degree also when 14 is rised compelely off surface water one side of clean up sheet 10 is saturated with oil it becomes unbalance and pivots the frame 13 over exposing the un -use side on sheet 10
FIG. 4, containment of oil at containment point 17 when lifted up oil funnel down 15 containment float 12 wall on to collection area 11
FIG. 5, The 2 is being pulled back in an angle at same time holding down frame 13 show in the direction of arrow by keeping intire frame 13 below water surface or particle causing an parachute affect to 10 collecting light oil an small contaminated debris
FIG. 6, The frame 13 having containment float 12 are open show provided thereupon the frame supporting a sheet of hydropholic material for example, a 19″×17″18×19″×16″ in open taut show the changing of vareitiy of different size clean up sheet become saturated with light oil
FIG. 7 A sheet of hydropholic 10 that allow water to run throuth and catching oil
FIG. 8 Protective changeable flat bar 19″ or 17″
FIG. 1, Illustrates the article description of this invention.
FIG. 2, Illustrates the manner in which invention is emploped.
FIG. 3, Illustrates another manner in which invention is emploped.
FIG. 4, Illustrates the manner in which the FIG l, description is emploped.
FIG. 5, Illustrates another article description of this invention.
FIG. 6, Illustrates changing of clean up sheet.
FIG. 7, Illustrates an sheet of hydropholic that allow water to run througth clean-up sheet.
FIG. 8, Illustrates another article description of this invention changeable flat bar.