Surface Energies and Chemical Analysis of the Initial Stages of Marine Microbiological Fouling.
Final rept. 1982-1983,
NAVAL ACADEMY ANNAPOLIS MD
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Marine biological fouling is a complex, successive process which can severely impair the performance of marine vessels. A series of three interrelated experiments were conducted which analyzed the initial stages of marine microbiological fouling in the Severn River estuary. Glass microscope slides were exposed to natural fouling organisms at sampling stations located along the length of the estuary. Results of the analysis showed low fouling to occur in waters which were relatively low in temperature and oxygen content, but high in salinity. One experiment compared the surface energies of a set of substances to the degrees of fouling and organism attachment they demonstrated. Results showed definite surface energy ranges which would experience low degrees of fouling or organism retention.
- Biological Oceanography