Fraunhofer IMWS

Anti-Fouling Coatings Exhibit on Board the MS Wissenschaft

The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS has developed a special coating based on water electrolysis to prevent underwater growth on the underside of ships, without the need to apply toxic substances. "Biofouling" caused by sea creatures such as algae, crustaceans and mussels increases fuel consumption on ships greatly, and thus their emissions. Because "seas" and "oceans" are the focus topics of this year's exhibition on the floating science center "MS Wissenschaft", it was important to include these resource and environmental innovations by the Fraunhofer Society as part of the exhibition.
For this, raumHOCH developed an exhibition island consisting of a large aquarium, an interactive media application and three oversized marine creature models. In the aquarium, visitors could determine the efficiency of antifouling coatings on three different coated steel swords that had been overgrown by marine life in varying degrees from severely to not at all. On an interactive touchscreen, big and small exhibition visitors discovered background information on the causes and effects of biofouling and the mechanisms that special coatings use. The formidable oversized models of an amphipod, a deep-sea tubeworm and a barnacle created an impressive backdrop.
The MS Wissenschaft was instigated by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and will make stops at several German inland ports in 2016 and 2017.

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