what is fouling?
Fouling is the accumulation of unwanted material on the surface of an object to the detriment of its function. Fouling material can consist of either living organisms (bio-fouling) or a non-living substance (inorganic or organic). “Marine fouling” is generally used to describe the settlement and growth of marine plants and animals on submerged structures. These structures typically include ships’ hulls, piers, piling and oil rigs, but also includes the internal surface of pipework used to carry coolant water for industrial power plants. Fouling can occur under aerobic (with oxygen dissolved in water) or anaerobic (no oxygen) conditions. If marine fouling is allowed to develop, it could seriously reduce or block the flow of cooling water to a ship’s systems, resulting in the following factors: reduced performance of the heat transfer system, overheating of water-cooled machinery as well as vital fire-fighting equipment, refrigeration and air conditioning units. This could also lead to an increase in the rate of corrosion, narrowing of pipes , reduced hydrodynamic performance of the vessel and an increase in fuel consumption due to increased drag.
how to protect your boat from fouling
The NEW TECNOFOULING SYSTEM by Tecnoseal will protect your boat from fouling. The system consists of a Tecno-Control unit which supplies impressed current to copper, aluminium and/or ferrous anodes. Through the electrolysis process the copper anode produces ions which prevent marine life from settling, thus preserving the efficiency and performance of your boat.