Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Transportation Science Technology

Synthetic Sebum Makes Slippery Sailboats 128

Posted by timothy
from the so-say-we-all dept.
sonnejw0 writes "Sea-faring vessels are a major contributor of greenhouse gas production due to a deficit in international laws and inherent inefficiencies at sea, such as barnacle build-up on hulls. Many marine animals avoid the build-up of drag-inducing barnacles through secreting oily residues from their pores or through the nano-molecular arrangement of their skin. Sailors regularly defoul their hulls, removing the barnacles at dry-dock, which requires them to reduce the amount of time they have at sea. Some synthetic chemicals in paints have been used to prevent barnacle build-up but have been found to be toxic to marine animals and thus outlawed by several nations. Now, engineers are trying to replicate the skin of marine animals to produce a slippery hull to which marine bacteria cannot attach, saving fuel costs and improving speeds."
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Synthetic Sebum Makes Slippery Sailboats

Comments Filter:

"No job too big; no fee too big!" -- Dr. Peter Venkman, "Ghost-busters"

Working...