Accession Number : AD1022907

Title :   Tailoring the Surface Properties of Coatings Through Self-Stratification

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,01 Apr 2012,31 May 2016

Corporate Author : NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIV FARGO FARGO United States

Personal Author(s) : Webster ,Dean C

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Report Date : 13 Oct 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 224

Abstract : In order to combat biofouling, self-stratified siloxane (PDMS)-polyurethane (PU) coatings have been developed as potential fouling release coatings. To understand the effect of surface damage on the fouling release performance of the coatings, the coatings were abraded using two different Scotch Brite pads with varying roughness, under varying loads. The contact angle and surface energy data showed that the coatings retained their hydrophobicity even after abrasion. The FR performance against microfoulants deteriorated, but the performance of the abraded coatings improved towards barnacles. Based on the results obtained, it was hypothesized that the FR behavior was dependent on the size of the features formed after abrasion, relative to the size of the fouling organism. Analysis of the surface features further supported this hypothesis.

Descriptors :   Siloxanes , POLYURETHANES , BIOFOULING , ABRASION , ROUGHNESS , fouling organisms , ship hulls , antifouling coatings , surface properties , surface chemistry , adhesion , polymeric films , material degradation processes

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE