The patented SuricleTM technology was developed and tested by CSIRO. Micron sized particles are embedded into an adhesive polymer film at supersonic speed. The discrete particles form a non-conductive surface which is long lasting and provides effective anti-fouling protection.
LHS control is barely visible: RHS Suricle Film after 483 days of field testing
Static field trials (that ran for over 3 years) demonstrated that samples treated with the Suricle technology remained free of macro-fouler attachment for the entire duration, with only minor slime accumulation (similar to the photo above).
Field trials off the North West Shelf of Australia show that after 3-4 months, the control sample was heavily fouled by barnacles, while the treated samples remained clean (photo courtesy of Luca Chiaroni of Gardline).
Peer Reviewed Scientific Publications
MJ Vucko, PC King, AJ Poole, Y Hu, MZ Jahedi, R de Nys (2014) Assessing the antifouling properties of cold-spray metal embedment using loading density gradients of metal particles. Biofouling 30 (6):651-666.
PC King, AJ Poole, S Horne, R de Nys, S Gulizia, MZ Jahedi (2013) Embedment of Copper Particles into Polymers by Cold Spray. Surface & Coatings Technology 216:60-67.
MJ Vucko, PC King, AJ Poole, MZ Jahedi, R de Nys (2013) Polyurethane seismic streamer skins: an application of cold spray metal embedment. Biofouling 29(1):1-9.
MJ Vucko, PC King, AJ Poole, C Carl, M Jahedi, R de Nys (2012) Cold spray metal embedment: a novel antifouling technology. Biofouling 28(3):239-248.
AJ Poole, R de Nys, PC King, S Gulizia, MZ Jahedi (2012) Surface treatment. International patent WO 2012/006687.