Hull Coatings and Fuel Efficiency: Recent Developments

Antifouling coatings contribute to the maintenance of smooth hulls by reducing frictional resistance. They can also improve fuel performance optimization an average of 5% over traditional tin-based polishing system. This article describes recent developments in hull coating technology. Included is a description of a hydrogel surface modification from coatings supplier Hempel that improves resistance to slime fouling. Also described is an advanced Intersleek coating from International Paint that improves static fouling resistance. A number of additional hull coating technologies are outlined, aimed at improving fuel efficiency and preventing transfer of aquatic species.


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  • Accession Number: 01536456
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 9 2014 9:48AM