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Apparatus and method for determining the adhesive strength of biofilms on underwater protective coatings

An apparatus and method for determining the adhesive strength of a biofilm formed on an underwater optical surface and for determining the pressure, velocity and configuration of a water jet directed at the biofilm to wash away the biofilm and restore hydrophobicity to the optical surface, with a view to providing removal of such biofilms by underwater travel of a submarine without a need to surface for biofilm removal.
Inventors: 

Wayne C. Tucker

Edward P. Baker

Lucie Maranda

Patent Number: 
US8984958
Patent Issue Date: 
April 24, 2015
Email: 
NUWC_NPT_TPEO@navy.mil
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