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Copper-Nickel Alloys Prevent Biofouling

August 2nd, 2012 No comments

By Jim Michel, Copper Development Association (CDA) Manager, Technical Services

Biofouling – especially of ships – has been around as long as we’ve sailed the ocean. The first reference to it came in early Greek civilization when the historian Plutarch described it impact on a ship’s speed “when weeds, ooze and filth stick upon its sides, the stroke of a ship is more obtuse and weak.” Ancient sea-faring nations such as the Carthaginians and Phoenicians (1500-300 BC) used copper plating as an anti-fouling technique. Read more…

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