Accession Number : ADA547644


Title :   Evaluation of Glider Coatings Against Biofouling for Improved Flight Performance


Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Feb 2010-31 Jul 2011


Corporate Author : CALIFORNIA POLYTECHNIC STATE UNIV SAN LUIS OBISPO BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES DEPT


Personal Author(s) : Moline, Mark A ; Wendt, Dean


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a547644.pdf


Report Date : 17 Aug 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 11


Abstract : Autonomous buoyancy-driven gliders are becoming an increasingly important platform for the Navy for semi-continuous oceanographic observations and a host of applications. Glider systems in use suffer in flight performance from biofouling. We evaluated the coatings of the 3 glider types currently in use. Results from the lab assays showed, only the not-toxic CS#1 coating showed results comparable to the Silastic T2 PDMSe standard Results of water jet field testing showed no coatings performed as a true foul-release coating in comparison to the foul-release standard Intersleek More effective antifouling coating on the gliders is recommended to improve flight performance


Descriptors :   *COATINGS , AUTONOMOUS NAVIGATION , BIOLOGICAL CONTAMINATION , BUOYANCY , GLIDERS , INFLIGHT , PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING) , TEST AND EVALUATION , UNDERWATER VEHICLES , WATER JETS


Subject Categories : Coatings, Colorants and Finishes


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE