Durable Silicone Foul-release Coatings Formulations CRADA

Project ID: 809
Principal Investigator: Allen Skaja
Research Topic: Invasive Species
Priority Area Assignments: 2014 (Zebra and Quagga Mussels), 2015 (Zebra and Quagga Mussels), 2016 (Zebra and Quagga Mussels)
Funded Fiscal Years: 2014, 2015 and 2016
Keywords: foul release coating

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Bureau of Reclamation Review

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Durable Silicone Foul-release Coatings Formulations CRADA (final, PDF, 4.3MB)
By Allen Skaja
Publication completed on September 30, 2016

The Bureau of Reclamation and Fujifilm Hunt Smart Surfaces, LLC, entered into Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) 13-CR-8-1006 on March 5, 2014. The goal of the CRADA was to develop a durable foul release coating system that would resist damage and aquatic invasive mussel attachment. At the time, there were no durable foul release coatings commercially available with easy release properties for fouling control. Polydimethyl siloxane (PDMS) was the only polymer that provided nonfouling or easy release characteristics. This report explains the approaches taken under the CRADA and the test results.


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