Antifouling leaching technique for optical lenses

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Abstract

The effectiveness of optical lenses deployed in water less than 100 m deep is significantly reduced by biofouling caused by the settlement of macrofauna, such as barnacles, hydroids, and tunicates. However, machineable porous plastic rings can be used to dispense antifoulant into the water in front of the lens to retard macrofaunal growth without obstructing the light path. Unlike coatings which can degrade the optical performance, antifouling rings do not interfere with the instrument optics. The authors have designed plastic, reusable cup-like antifouling rings to slip over the optical lenses of a transmissometer. These rings have been used for several deployments on shallow moorings in Massachusetts Bay, MA and have increased the time before fouling degrades optical characteristics

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Publication type Conference Paper
Title Antifouling leaching technique for optical lenses
DOI 10.1109/OCEANS.1994.364133
Volume 2
Year Published 1994
Language English
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Contributing office(s) Coastal and Marine Geology Program, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description 6 p.
Larger Work Type Conference Paper
Larger Work Title OCEANS '94: 'Oceans Engineering for Today's Technology and Tomorrow's Preservation,' Proceedings
First page 710
Last page 715
Conference Title Oceans '94: Oceans Engineering for Today's Technology and Tomorrow's Preservation
Conference Date September 13-16, 1994
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