Characterization of Fouling at Field Test Sites of the ONR Biofouling Program: Background Information and Results for 2006-2007
Final technical rept.
NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER CARDEROCK DIV BETHESDA MD SURVIVABILITY STRUCTURES AND MATERIALS DIRECTORATE
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Spatial and temporal variation in the structure of the fouling community and in the accumulation of fouling organisms needs to be considered in tests of efficacy of experimental hull coatings. The Office of Naval Research Biofouling Program incorporates four field sites, in California, Florida, Hawaii, and Singapore, for testing of experimental coatings. These sites span a range of environmental conditions and fouling communities. The sites provide materials developers within the Biofouling Program with the opportunity for global testing of coating performance, for antifouling, nonfouling and fouling-release materials. In 2005 the Biofouling Program commenced a characterization exercise for the field test sites, in order to develop a baseline description of the local fouling communities and their dynamics, and collect information as to how these communities respond to standard antifouling and fouling-release coatings. The data provide the background necessary for materials scientists to make the most efficient use of these sites, and the context necessary for interpreting test results.
- Coatings, Colorants and Finishes