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Low Emission AntiFouling coatings based on the novel discovered post settlement penetration triggered antifouling

Objective

"Marine biofouling can be defined as the colonization of man-made surfaces in seawater by microscopic and macroscopic organisms. This phenomenon can result in great loss of function and effectiveness both for cruising ships and for static constructions. Of special concern is the negative effects of hard foulers such as barnacles, which cause [1]: (i) increased drag resistance resulting in up to 40% increases fuel consumption, and (ii) disruption of the corrosion protective layer of marine vessels and constructions. Current antifouling technologies are based either on release of biocides or on low-adhesion coatings, e.g. silicone based coatings. Present biocide-based strategies are based on a continuous exposure of biocides at the film/water interface and consequently release into the environment if the antifouling efficacy is to be maintained. Such biocide-based solutions can therefore not be regarded as sustainable. Low adhesion coatings suffer from drawbacks of low durability and associated high material and maintenance costs. Therefore, there is currently no sustainable and cost-efficient solution available on the market today to minimize the costly and environmentally important problem of marine biofouling of marine vessels and constructions.
Recently we have reported [2] a novel method to deal with hard fouler such as barnacles. This approach is not based on the exposure and release of biocide into the water. Instead it is based on the direct contact between biocide residing inside a coating and fouling organisms such as the barnacles.
The technical challenge of the project is to find the optimal combination of biocide/coating matrix in order to completely eliminate the release of biocides. Expected impacts of the project are: lower fuel consumption, lower dispersion of biocide, reduced maintenance cost and longer life time (economical aspects) together with, reduced accumulation in the system of biocides and CO2 and reduced alien species transportation by ships"

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2012-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB
Address
Brinellgatan 4
501 15 Boras
Sweden
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 135 549
Administrative Contact
Jukka Lausmaa (Dr.)

Participants (6)

GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 221 626
Address
Vasaparken
405 30 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Annika Bergman (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 233 730
Address
Winston Churchill Avenue University House
PO1 2UP Portsmouth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Elizabeth Bartle (Dr.)
Community of European Shipyards Associations asbl
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 41 767
Address
Rue Marie De Bourgogne 52
1000 Brussels
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Douwe Cunningham (Mr.)
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 133 165
Address
Esplanada Dos Ministerios Bloco Q
CEP 70049 900 Distrito Federal
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ricardo Coutinho (Dr.)
BOERO BARTOLOMEO SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 269 562
Address
Via Giuseppe Macaggi 19/10
16121 Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Valerio Silvagno (Mr.)
ENTARKO KHIMIKES EPIKHEIRISEIS ARKOMANI ANONIMOS VIOMIKHANIKI KAI EMPORIKI ETAIREIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 113 004
Address
Athina Lamia 15 Th Km End Of Melpomenis Odos 14564 Kifissia
14564 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christine Kritikou (Mrs.)