May 26 2011

Biomemetic and Bioinspired Materials

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Biomemetic models and Bioinspired surfaces

Organisms in the ocean have adapted to have coverings that reduce the amount of fouling organisms that are able to live on these coverings. This is primarily because of the negative impacts of fouling organisms, which includes reduced travel speed due to increased weight and drag, and reduced maneuverability. These adapted surfaces provide mimicable approaches as alternatives to the use of antifouling chemicals. As of now biological surfaces found in nature have been extensively researched and are guiding the selection of anti-fouling surfaces in current industry. (Scandino, Mini Review)

^Riblets of sharkskin scales of (a) the spinner

shark (Carcharhinus brevipinna), (c) the Galapogos shark

(Carcharhinus galapagensis) and (b) the bio-inspired

SharkletTM film.

(Scardino, Mini Review)


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