Foul-X-Spel

Environmentally Friendly Antifouling Technology to Optimise the energy Efficiency of ships

Adhesion of Microorganisms on hulls. Algae to the coated surface, is the precursor of tater fixation of macro-organisms, which causes serious hydrodynamic problems. 

Research and innovative developments of environmental friend surface protection is the main goal of the present project. The basic idea concerns the modification of usual hulls by providing a new antifouling coating, by fixing covalently bioactive molecules, which can provide biocide activity, in order to avoid leaching and to promote a long—term effect of surface protection. This requires the binding through a molecular bridge and to study the effective concentration of the binded active compounds. The new surface coating technology will by this way minimize the surface roughness and improve hydrodynamic properties of hulls. 

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