Antifouling

We are a specialized independent test institute with years of experience in the efficacy testing of innovative, biocide-free and biocide-based antifouling systems, e.g. for shipping, offshore structures, and port constructions. Our experienced team performs static and dynamic field tests at our test stations on the island of Norderney. Our program also includes testing on vessels.

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Biofilms

We are experts in the propagation and characterization of various biofilm species. We also test products and processes to determine how effectively they prevent or reduce biofilm formation, for example in water-based systems, maritime biofilms, and biofilms in wounds.

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Biocorrosion & Material Testing

We are experts in experiments that use specialized test methods to investigate the biocorrosion of various materials such as concrete and steel. We test sediments to determine the risk of microbially induced corrosion and conduct material tests of concrete compounds in cooperation with the Frauenhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT. The services we offer also include damage clarification to determine whether the corrosion was microbially induced.

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Research projects

Our experts are involved in various research projects. You will find an overview of these here.

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March 29, 2021
Neues Forschungsprojekt: HaptoCheck
Development of a standardized test method to evaluate the anti-adhesion properties of surfaces against biofilms on ship hulls. Akronym: HaptoCheck - ZIM-Förderkennzeichen KK5193801KS0 The present project addresses the development of a test method for the adhesive strength of microbial coatings (biofilms) on ship hulls. Biofilms form the first stage of colonization of surfaces and create the basis for macroscopic fouling, which has a negative impact on fuel consumption in shipping. The main focus of the research project is initially to establish series of measurements on the detachment of biofilms from test surfaces as a function of wall shear stress. For this purpose, a laboratory-scale test apparatus will be produced to simulate the sailing speed of ships in practice. On this basis, abiotic model substances are to be developed, with the aid of which the adhesion of microbial surface coatings to antifouling coatings can be simulated in the test apparatus and used to quantify such effects as part of a standardized test procedure. On the basis of the test results, a final evaluation of the effectiveness of such coating systems is to be  which should enable developers to optimize the non-stick properties of their products more cost-effectively and effectively. The resulting new test method is a screening test for estimating the effectiveness of antifouling systems. It is a seasonally independent rapid test procedure that will provide paint companies with quick results for further development. The procedure will not be able to replace the later semi-annual open water tests with the promising variants, but it will accelerate the development work of the companies.
November 17, 2020
Virtueller Biofouling Workshop - Aktuelle Branchenentwicklung
Am 24.11.2020 von 10:00 – 12:00 Uhr findet der "Virtuelle Biofouling Workshop" statt. Eine gute Möglichkeit, um die aktuellen Entwicklungen und Innovationen zum Thema Biofouling aus verschiedenen Perspektiven zu betrachten und zu diskutieren. Als Sprecher ist unter anderem Bernd Daehne aus unserem Hause mit dem Thema: "Testmethoden zur Erprobung innovativer Antifouling-Systeme" vertreten. Bis zum 22.11.2020 können Sie sich  HIER zum Workshop anmelden.    Das Programm: 10:00 Uhr: Begrüßung Dr. Susanne Neumann, Maritimes Cluster Norddeutschland e. V. 10:05 Uhr: Vorstellung der Marktübersicht „Lösungsansätze gegen Biofouling an Schiffsrümpfen“ Dr. Rainer Henking, EurA AG Eva von Soosten, Maritimes Cluster Norddeutschland e. V. 10:20 Uhr: Anforderungen an Biofouling-Systeme aus Sicht der Anwender Jürgen Gerdes, Maritime Engineering & Solutions GmbH 10:35 Uhr: Erforschung innovativer Antifouling-Systeme am Beispiel des Projektes FoulLas: Fouling-Entfernung von maritimen Oberflächen mittels Laserstrahlung unter Wasser Dr.-Ing. Benjamin Emde, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. 10:50 Uhr: Testmethoden zur Erprobung innovativer Antifouling-Systeme Bernd Daehne, Dr. Brill + Partner GmbH 11:05 Uhr: Aktuelle Entwicklungen in regionalen, nationalen und internationalen Gremien Dr. Katja Broeg, BSH Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie 11:20 Uhr: Roadmap Biofouling – Kollaborative Wege zu praxisorientierten Lösungen Dr. Rainer Henking, EurA AG 11:35 Uhr: Fragen und Diskussion 11:55 Uhr: Zusammenfassung der Veranstaltung und Abschluss Eva von Soosten, Maritimes Cluster Norddeutschland e. V. 12:00 Uhr: Ende der Veranstaltung Im Anschluss Offener Austausch Alle Interessierten 

Who we are

Our Institute for Antifouling and Biocorrosion offers unparalleled expertise in the investigation of antifouling products and microbially induced corrosion (MIC) in maritime and limnic environments.

We investigate the efficacy of antifouling systems for ships, recreational vessels, harbor structures and offshore structures at our own test stations on the island of Norderney and in cooperation with partners all over the world.

We also test mortar and concrete to determine how resistant they are to biogenic sulphuric acid corrosion. In addition, we test sediments and other substances to determine MIC risks and calculate corrosion speeds.


Antifouling services

In our laboratory on Norderney we offer you a wide range of test methods in the field of antifouling.

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Liebe Kunden,

unsere Station auf Norderney ist die Außenstelle unseres Familienunternehmens in der marinen Umgebung der Nordsee. In über 20 Jahren haben wir uns in zahlreichen Kooperationen und Projekten zum führenden unabhängigen Prüfinstitut für Antifoulingsysteme aller Art entwickelt. Es war und ist uns eine Freude, unsere Dienstleistungen stets an die individuellen Anforderungen anzupassen und mit Ihnen ideale Testkampagnen für Sie zu entwickeln. Wir freuen uns auf Ihre Kontaktaufnahme.
 Herzliche Grüße,

Dipl.-Geogr. Bernd Daehne
Head of Antifouling Research Station

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