ASTM D5479 - 94(2013)

    Standard Practice for Testing Biofouling Resistance of Marine Coatings Partially Immersed

    Active Standard ASTM D5479 | Developed by Subcommittee: D01.45

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.02


    Buy Standard (PDF)
    2 pages
    $37.00
    Buy Standard (Print)
    2 pages
    $37.00

    Historical (view previous versions of standard)


    ASTM D5479

    Significance and Use

    4.1 This test method is designed as a screening test to evaluate the performance of applied coating systems and other materials designed to resist biofouling settlement.

    4.2 The degree and type of fouling will vary depending on the environment. Differences in geographic location of test sites, time of year when panels are exposed, and weather conditions from one year to the next, can affect results. Such variables are accounted taking a fouling census on a nontoxic surface. For the exposure to be valid, the nontoxic surface should show heavy fouling accretion.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers a procedure to test a biofouling resistant coating systems or antifouling systems, or both, when subjected to in situ partial immersion exposure. This enhances settlement of certain marine fouling organisms and increase the rate of possible physical deterioration.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D3623 Test Method for Testing Antifouling Panels in Shallow Submergence

    D4938 Test Method for Erosion Testing of Antifouling Paints Using High Velocity Water

    D4939 Test Method for Subjecting Marine Antifouling Coating to Biofouling and Fluid Shear Forces in Natural Seawater

    D5108 Test Method for Organotin Release Rates of Antifouling Coating Systems in Sea Water


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 47.020.01 (General standards related to shipbuilding and marine structures)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 46181533(Protective coats)


    DOI: 10.1520/D5479

    ASTM International is a member of CrossRef.

    ASTM D5479

    Citing ASTM Standards
    Back to Top