publication . Article . 2017

Development of a test platform for anti-fouling coatings

Meskens, R.; Willemen, R.; Potters, G.; De Baere, K.; Lenaerts, S.;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2017
Abstract
Marine fouling, or the growth of marine organisms on fully or partly submerged structures, is an unwanted phenomenon in the marine industry. Bio fouling will increase the hydrodynamic drag of ships, causing an increased fuel consumption, promote the corrosion of the metallic structures and trigger undesired transport of invasive species (IMO and the environment 2009, 2009).The impact is economic as well as environmental. More fuel consumption is synonym for more CO2 and other detrimental emissions, corrosion entails coating and the introduction of toxic substances in the sea and air and the transport of hitch-hikers: non-indigenous species towards locations with...
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free text keywords: Coatings, Fouling
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