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):

Report Date:

2011-08-17

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

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 CS1 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

Subject Categories:

  • Coatings, Colorants and Finishes

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE