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    Atarijabarzadeh, Sevil
    et al.
    KTH Royal Inst Technol, Sch Chem Sci & Engn, Fibre & Polymer Technol, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Nilsson, Fritjof
    KTH Royal Inst Technol, Sch Chem Sci & Engn, Fibre & Polymer Technol, Stockholm, Sweden / ABB, Corp Res, Västerås, Sweden.
    Hillborg, Henrik
    KTH Royal Inst Technol, Sch Chem Sci & Engn, Fibre & Polymer Technol, Stockholm, Sweden / ABB, Corp Res, Västerås, Sweden.
    Karlsson, Sigbritt
    University of Skövde. KTH Royal Inst Technol, Sch Chem Sci & Engn, Fibre & Polymer Technol, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Strömberg, Emma
    KTH Royal Inst Technol, Sch Chem Sci & Engn, Fibre & Polymer Technol, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Image Analysis Determination of the Influence of Surface Structure of Silicone Rubbers on Biofouling2015In: International Journal of Polymer Science, ISSN 1687-9422, E-ISSN 1687-9430, article id 390292Article in journal (Refereed)
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    This study focuses on how the texture of the silicone rubber material affects the distribution of microbial growth on the surface of materials used for high voltage insulation. The analysis of surface wetting properties showed that the textured surfaces provide higher receding contact angles and therefore lower contact angle hysteresis. The textured surfaces decrease the risk for dry band formation and thus preserve the electrical properties of the material due to a more homogeneous distribution of water on the surface, which, however, promotes the formation of more extensive biofilms. The samples were inoculated with fungal suspension and incubated in a microenvironment chamber simulating authentic conditions in the field. The extent and distribution of microbial growth on the textured and plane surface samples representing the different parts of the insulator housing that is shank and shed were determined by visual inspection and image analysis methods. The results showed that the microbial growth was evenly distributed on the surface of the textured samples but restricted to limited areas on the plane samples. More intensive microbial growth was determined on the textured samples representing sheds. It would therefore be preferable to use the textured surface silicone rubber for the shank of the insulator.

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