MH370 debris- lack of fouling


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31 Dec 2007
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Interesting that barnacles could help with the investigation
'Mr Perason he believes if experts studying the found wreckage apply his barnacle research, it could potentially pinpoint where the missing aircraft went down.'

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Barnacles attached to a piece of debris which could be part of MH370 are old enough to fit with the timeline of when the plane went down, an expert has said.
Marine biologist Dr Phillip Cowie told ITV News he believed they were goose-necked barnacles which are usually found in tropical waters.
From looking at photographs, Dr Cowie said some of them appeared to be adults, which can range from a few months to a year old. Flight MH370 has been missing since it took off on March 8, 2014.

So it would appear the great barnacle debate has been put to bed, or has it....


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Firstly please dont waste space talking about why or how MH370 ended up in the drink. That is for other fora/forums. This thread is about fouling or lack thereof.

The video I saw showed people carrying it up the beach and there was only barnacles visible on the rough edges of components. The flat surfaces seemed completely devoid of barnacles. In my experience, even long dead barnacles can still be seen on surfaces, and take hard work with a scraper to remove them. What I am wondering is if there is some chemical in the resin or surface finish of these components which could act as an anti-fouling. Hopefully there is a specialist in design of composite aircraft components out there who can tell us if this is possible. I am hoping for a replacement of the old tri-butyl tin which worked so well in the past, but is now banned in my part of the world.

I didn't waste any space commenting on it. I didn't mention it at all.