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Biofouling Studies on Sandia’s Marine Hydrokinetic (MHK) Coatings Initiated at PNNL’s Sequim Bay

Sandia’s Materials & Manufacturing Reliability Program has begun testing their novel MHK coatings at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Sequim Bay facility. Tests will reveal anti-biofouling efficacy of coatings developed for MHK technology and of commercial coatings.

(Left) High-velocity current tank. (Middle) Inside view of the high-velocity current tank. The tank is 36' long, 5' wide, and ~30" deep. (Right) Controlled-coatings test tank.

(Left) High-velocity current tank. (Middle) Inside view of the high-velocity current tank. The tank is 36′ long, 5′ wide, and ~30″ deep. (Right) Controlled-coatings test tank.

Over 150 coupons (1×1, 3×3, & 8×8 inches) will be examined in testing tanks using water from Sequim Bay—to measure attachment of bacteria, algae, barnacles, and other species native to the bay’s environment. PNNL’s George Bonehyo is leading the testing.

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