Antifoulant Coatings Exposure Site


FLC Region

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FUNCTION: Provides "real-world" natural seawater exposure capability in support of Navy S&T efforts to develop and evaluate underwater hull antifoulant systems.

DESCRIPTION: This tropical exposure site, located on the U.S. Coast Guard station along the intercoastal waterway in Miami, Florida, facilitates long-term specimen exposure with excellent biofouling capability and supports a key part of the qualification process for new technology assessment. The raft holds in excess of 200 6-in. x 24-in. exposure panels and supports natural growth of both micro- and macrofouling organisms within the Biscayne Bay ecosystem.

INSTRUMENTATION: Seawater exposure raft, sample exposure system, and seawater physical chemistry monitoring.

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