Cold spray metal embedment: an innovative antifouling technology.


The study demonstrates that embedment of copper particles into thermoplastic polymers (polymers) using cold spray technology is an effective deterrent against fouling organisms. Two polymers, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and nylon were metallised with copper powder using cold spray technology. After 250 days in the field, Cu-embedded HDPE and copper plate controls were completely free of hard foulers compared to Cu-embedded nylon and polymer controls which were heavily fouled with both soft and hard fouling. Antifouling (AF) success is related to the interaction between the properties of the polymers (elastic modulus and hardness) and the cold spray process which affect particle embedment depth, and subsequently, the release of copper ions as determined by analytical techniques. Embedding metal using cold spray equipment is shown to be an effective AF technology for polymers, in particular those that are difficult to treat with standard AF coatings, with efficacy being a function of the interaction between the cold spray metal and the polymer recipient.

DOI: 10.1080/08927014.2012.670849

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@article{Vucko2012ColdSM, title={Cold spray metal embedment: an innovative antifouling technology.}, author={Matthew J. Vucko and Peter C . King and Andrew J. Poole and Capt Carl and Mahnaz Jahedi and Rocky de Nys}, journal={Biofouling}, year={2012}, volume={28 3}, pages={239-48} }