Some physical factors affecting the accumulation of biofouling

Kerr, A., Beveridge, C.M., Cowling, M.J., Hodgkiess, T., Parr, A.C.S. and Smith, M.J. (1999) Some physical factors affecting the accumulation of biofouling. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK, 79(2), pp. 357-359.

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Abstract

The effects of surface roughness and microsolubility on fouling levels are examined using glass and acrylic samples. It is found that both of these, often overlooked, physical characteristics have a noticeable effect on the rate of fouling. The microsolubility of acrylic results in lower fouling than found on glass despite the higher hydrophobicity of acrylic and the resultant increase in initial attraction for fouling organisms. Fouling levels were found to increase with increasing surface roughness and therefore studies on the fouling susceptibility of different materials should report the roughness values of the samples examined.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Smith, Dr Margaret and Cowling, Professor Michael and Hodgkiess, Dr Trevor
Authors: Kerr, A., Beveridge, C.M., Cowling, M.J., Hodgkiess, T., Parr, A.C.S., and Smith, M.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:Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK
ISSN:0025-3154
ISSN (Online):1469-7769

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