Ultra-X-Tex material, a long-time staple in our stormwater management product line is an exceptional tool for oil spill cleanup. The Ultra-X-Tex rolled fabric is different than polypropylene in that it allows water to instantly filter through the material and pulls off the oil selectively as the material is hydrophilic. Polypropylene repels the water and this can make it take longer for the oil to be readily absorbed in a surf environment where the oil is no longer a surface sheen, rather it is being broken up in the surf.
Ultra-X-Tex is a highly efficient, lipophilic lightweight fiber matrix that adsorbs eight to sixteen times its weight of hydrocarbons or vegetable oils yet allows large volumes of water to pass through. Ultra-X-Tex is a new and unique lipophilic media with a multitude of potential environmental applications. Ultra-X-Tex is produced from recycled synthetic fibers. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, these fibers are blended and processed into a lightweight fiber mass with enormous surface area and interstitial spaces creating a high performance sorbent and filter media*. Our fiber blend is also utilized in our Ultra-X- Tex Rolled Fabric, designed for use as a durable long lasting geo-textile and filter media.
Ultra-X-Tex excels as a spill removal media capable of sorbing liquid hydrocarbons, including petroleum, animal and vegetable oils onto its vast fiber mass surfaces and into process-created interstitial spaces. Ultra-X-Tex is cost effective in comparison to many conventional filtering media, adsorbing/absorbing an average of 13 times its own weight of liquid hydrocarbons. Approximately 85-90 % of sorbed oils can be reclaimed from Ultra-X-Tex and the media reused. Ultra-X-Tex is environmentally benign and user-friendly. It does not leach harmful substances into the environment and when incinerated produces minimal residue or ash.
Ultra-X-Tex has many uses in addition to basic clean up functions. It is a versatile material that can be easily cut and sewn as a normal fabric. Some uses include:
Oil Blankets are a concept that is being well received as a last line of defense along the shore and in the surf. Each 5′ x 10′ Oil Blanket can hold up to 3.9 gallons of oil.
Spill Fence – this “silt fence” type application uses stakes and wire backing, the Ultra X-Tex can be placed in front of marshes, wetlands and any shoreline where it’s relatively flat water. The ability of Ultra X-Tex to allow water to easily flow through it while pulling off the oil makes it an excellent filter material and protective barrier for sensitive estuaries.
Oil Booms – Available from UltraTech in 6′ lengths with pre-installed connecting hardware. The Skirted Model also provides a 34″ skirt to capture sub-surface oil.
Stormwater Management – Ultra-X-Tex is available in many of our Stormwater Management products.