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University, Defence and industry collaboration leads to breakthrough in combatting corrosion and biofouling

Swinburne University has collaborated with the Defence Materials Technology Centre, MacTaggart Scott Australia, United Surface Technologies and the Defence Science and Technology Group to develop an advanced coating that halves the build-up of barnacles and algae on vessels and other items that are constantly in the water. The new corrosion resistant coating is now being trialled on-board HMAS Canberra - one of the RAN's landing helicopter dock ships.

Corrosion, along with the build-up of barnacles and algae (also known as biofouling), can be very costly and the new coating could potentially make a difference to the operational availability of Navy ships, as well as significantly reducing the cost of maintenance and repairs.