Biomimetic strategies in antifouling coatings

Maria Salta

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Marine biofouling is the colonization of aquatic organisms on manmade structures such as ship hulls and platforms, and has been of major concern since the inception of naval fleets. The aim in modern ship coatings is primarily directed towards minimizing the hull roughness caused by biofouling, as a higher roughness leads to increased drag and subsequently to excessive fuel consumption. Reducing marine biofouling is therefore analogous to reducing fuel emissions and the high costs associated with fuel production. Biofouling has an impact in a range of marine operations such as sensors, aquaculture, energy systems and oil platforms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-35
JournalJournal of Ocean Technology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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