An alternative approach to antifouling based on analogues of natural processes

Cowling, M.J., Hodgkiess, T., Parr, A.C.S., Smith, M.J. and Marrs, S.J. (2000) An alternative approach to antifouling based on analogues of natural processes. Science of the Total Environment, 258(1-2), pp. 129-137. (doi:10.1016/S0048-9697(00)00513-1)

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Abstract

A number of marine organisms are able to resist fouling pressure and remain essentially free of fouling. Some organisms are totally devoid of even the first stages of biofilm formation involving bacteria and microalgae. A key feature in recent research has been the realisation that previous low adherence technology is an insufficient technical solution and that natural models, based on marine and other organisms, incorporate other passive techniques for fouling resistance. These characteristics may be incorporated into physical analogues of the natural processes. This paper describes ways of producing physical analogues of some such characteristics, the application of such techniques to surfaces in the marine environment and the environmental impact. The paper includes some results of recent trials and a cost comparison.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Smith, Dr Margaret and Hodgkiess, Dr Trevor
Authors: Cowling, M.J., Hodgkiess, T., Parr, A.C.S., Smith, M.J., and Marrs, S.J.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > History of Art
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
Journal Name:Science of the Total Environment
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0048-9697
ISSN (Online):1879-1026

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