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Drum Oil Skimmers

Elastec pioneered the oleophilic drum oil skimmer in 1990. It is regarded as one of the most efficient oil recovery skimmers in the world. Elastec drum skimmers are easy to operate, lightweight, reliable and efficient, recovering only oil and very little water. Read our guide to different types of oil skimmers. Learn about ASTM Standards for oil skimmers.

Interchangeable drum inserts (smooth, grooved, brush and disc) are available to enhance recovery rates relative to the viscosity of various oils and environments. View our guide for drum oil skimmer configurations. Fill out our questionnaire and tell us about your project.

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Smooth and Grooved Drum Surfaces

Smooth and grooved drum oil skimmer technology has been extensively tested by Ohmsett and researched by the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara. Grooved drums have a higher recovery rate with viscous oils, whereas smooth drums offer higher efficiency with lighter oils such as diesel.

Elastec grooved drum skimmers were used in a test at Ohmsett to determine if skimming operations are possible for fresh and weathered Bakken oil.


How Drum Skimmers Work

As the floating drums rotate, oil adheres to the surface separating it from the water. Wiper blades (scrapers) remove the oil from the drums, depositing it into the collection trough where it is pumped to a storage location. Elastec drum skimmer systems are available in pneumatic, diesel or electric power. A drum skimmer test model is available for demonstration.

Elastec drum type skimmers can also be applied in industrial applications.

Circus Skimmer with grooved drums

Circus Skimmer with Counter Rotating Drums and E150 Pump

Circus skimmer with TDS118 Grooved drum skimmer (reversible) with counter rotating drums, recovered oil is discharged with the integral E150 pump via 2 inch discharge. Note: requires D10 diesel hydraulic power pack and hydraulic hoses. LEARN MORE

Brush drum skimmer for oil spill response

Brush Drum Skimmer

Elastec offers an oleophilic brush oil skimmer. Brush oil skimmers can be ideal for use in heavy, viscous oils, or situations in which the oil has started to emulsify. The brush drum works by skimming the oil from the surface of the water where the brushes are then scraped off and oil is collected in a sump where it can be pumped into a storage unit.


Advantages of Elastec Drum Skimmers

  • Selective recovery of a wide range of oils
  • Operates in as little as 3 inches / 75 mm of water
  • No buoyancy adjustments required
  • Molded PE drums (no external skin to replace)
  • Rugged and lightweight design
  • Self-adjusting wipers (scrapers)
  • Grooved drums and discs available for enhanced recovery rates
  • Range of options including steam coils for icing conditions
  • Internationally patented

Oil Skimmer Questionnaire

Thank you for considering the Elastec Oil Skimmers. Please complete a few simple questions that will help define your requirement .