Reducing the scale of drag

March 2005
Engineer (00137758);3/11/2005, Vol. 293 Issue 7670, p16
Reveals that a coating for the hulls of ships that mimics sharks' scales could prevent fouling by algae and barnacles without causing pollution. University of Florida researchers' creation of an alternative coating composed of tiny scale-like elements; Project leader and materials science and engineering professor Anthony Brennan's discovery that sharks remain free of barnacles and algae despite spending their lives submerged.


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