The purpose of the Antifouling Coatings Research Facility is to quantify the performance of antifouling systems, to provide a scientific understanding of the mechanisms involved in their effectiveness, and to evaluate the antifouling and skin friction properties of the coatings relative to ship performance.
The test facility offers a variety of capabilities including:
The test facilities are located at the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne on the east coast of Florida. They consist of a fully equipped laboratory with offices located on the University campus, a static immersion test facility located in the Indian River Lagoon, an ocean water test facility located at the Vero Beach Marine lab, and a research boat with hydrodynamic testing capabilities.
The majority of fouling studies are conducted from the static immersion site which consists of a floating platform located in the Indian River Lagoon, Melbourne, FL.
The exposure site has a year round active fouling community. Control panels are exposed on a monthly basis to ascertain the quantity and types of fouling organisms present.