Nanocomposite technology to combat biofouling and corrosion
Drag created by fouling, corrosion from marine environments, and fuel inefficiency from biomass are problems for all boat operators – from dinghies to tankers. For boat operators, the primary cost of fouling is increased fuel consumption when fouling drag creates poor hydrodynamics. The cost of hauling a vessel out of water to clean its hull or replace corroded metals can be staggering.
FoulX was developed to outperform any current salt- and freshwater fouling solutions including paints, epoxies, biocides and multi-formula systems. The simple two-part polymer of FoulX can be applied with minimal surface preparation and will adhere strongly, increasing the time between cleanings & haul-outs for all kinds of vessels.
Corrosion and bio-fouling are two major factors in decreased performance and efficiency in boats and ships. On ships alone, some studies estimate increased fuel consumption due to biofouling at greater than 40% (Champ, 2000).
FoulX is a water-based, non-VOC, non-toxic coating that prevent biofilms from forming, releases bio-fouling, and prevents both corrosion and erosion of a boat’s surface substrates. The omniphobic properties repel water- and oil-based solutions, protecting boats and saving boat owners money.
Key Characteristics & Benefits
- FoulX creates a low-friction surface imparts erosion & corrosion resistance when applied in extremely thin coats (<4 mil)
- FoulX is omniphobic; repelling water- and oil-based solutions
- Lowers a ship’s drag coefficient through water/oil mixtures in contact with coated surfaces
- Non-biocidal, non-VOC formula is ecologically-friendly: FoulX releases fouling from the ultra-slick surface
- Strong adhesion and abrasion resistance increases time between maintenance haul-outs
- Long-lasting chemical resistance in both fresh and saltwater conditions
- Can increase fuel efficiency significantly (by as much as 40%), saving money
- Cures rapidly at ambient temperatures, yet has a long pot-life after mixing, before application
Prevent Fouling, Lower Drag. Increase Performance, Save Fuel.
FoulX can save boat operators huge amounts of money in fuel costs and marina costs from hauling out. The formula has a short preparation & application time, minimizing effort to apply the simple two-part polymer coating. FoulX can also increase a boat’s lifespan by preventing harmful corrosion and erosion.
FoulX brings together the best attributes of previous, epoxy and paint solutions while reducing the effort and expense to the owner/operator and negative impacts on the marine ecosystem.