The idea behind the MARFILM project is to verify that adhesive polymer film can be used for corrosion protection purposes and replacement for antifouling coatings.
This verification process is an essential part of the R&D project as there are no independ ent investigations of the corrosion protection properties of adhesive polymer films published in the relevant literature today. Being an independent organization, DNV, in collaboration with SINTEF, will assure that the positive effects of adhesive polymer films claimed by the producers are verified through a process called "technology qualification". The verification process will create the confidence in the new technology necessary to be used successfully in the conservative shipping industry.
The techn ology qualification process will provide the basis for the practical experiments to be carried out in the laboratory, in the field tests and on vessels. Guidelines for the use of adhesive film will be written at the end of the project summarizing all aspe cts: it will comprise the definition of application areas where this new method can be used safely and the specific requirements for surface preparation and the environmental conditions that must be fulfilled in order to apply adhesive polymer film succes sfully. They will serve as a basis for the daily work by producers of adhesive polymer film as well as ship yards, ship owners and companies involved in the application of adhesive film. They will create confidence in the product and a clear framework for contractual matters that might appear in case of failure. The project will also look into new and emerging multifunctional adhesive films that are easy to clean and might be used to replace antifouling coating.
At the same time it is necessary, to work out the economical impact of the new technology. Being a very cost sensitive industry, the maritime sector needs to have evidence that using polymer film is a cost-effective way to protect against corrosion.