Center for Corrosion and Biofouling Control

Center for Corrosion and Biofouling Control

Testing Procedures

PURPOSE

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.

CAPABILITIES

The test facility offers a variety of capabilities including:

TEST FACILITIES AND LOCATION

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.

STATIC IMMERSION TEST FACILITY AND FOULING COMMUNITIES

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.