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Polyurethane seismic streamer skins: an application of cold spray metal embedment.
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PMID:  23185980     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Cold spray metal embedment is an innovative antifouling (AF) technology that delivers metal particles with AF properties into many thermoplastic polymers. AF efficacy was quantified for low (22.1 ± 4.8 g m(-2)) and high (101.1 ± 10.8 g m(-2)) densities of copper particles embedded into polyurethane (PU) seismic streamer skins, which are used in geophysical exploration. Failure of each Cu-embedded treatment was defined as settlement of hard foulers. Low-density streamers failed after 42 days while high-density streamers failed after 210 days. Most importantly, the high-density streamers were completely free of hard foulers including the barnacle Amphibalanus reticulatus during this time period. In conclusion, cold-spray metal embedment is an effective AF technology for PU seismic streamer skins, under intense fouling conditions. Higher copper particle densities enhance AF longevity and the effect of density provides a tool to extend efficacy and enhance AF performance for specific polymers.
M J Vucko; P C King; A J Poole; M Z Jahedi; R de Nys
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biofouling     Volume:  29     ISSN:  1029-2454     ISO Abbreviation:  Biofouling     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2012-11-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9200331     Medline TA:  Biofouling     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
a Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture, School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University , Townsville , Queensland , Australia.
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