Monitoring of barnacle growth on the underwater hull of an FRP boat using image processing

Ismail, S. B. and Salleh, Z. and Yusop, M. Y.M. and Fakhruradzi, F. H. (2013) Monitoring of barnacle growth on the underwater hull of an FRP boat using image processing. Procedia Computer Science, 23. pp. 146-151. ISSN 1877-0509

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Abstract

In this research, photos of barnacles were analysed using image processing. The images of barnacles were taken from the CITRA MOSTI boat made from fibre-glass reinforced plastic (FRP) for monitoring purpose. The photos were taken within a period of three (3) months. Results showed that the barnacles' growth in terms of their size and quantity might be due to the effect of saltwater. Results obtained through SCILAB programming were analysed and comprehensive data were tabulated. From images recorded on February 2013, it was observed that the barnacles had been growing aggressively achieving the highest pixel count of 3000 as compared to images captured in December that only amounted to 2600 pixels. The barnacles were growing at a rate of approximately 10% from the first image analysis. The highest recorded pixels were in the month of the March 2013, attaining about 3500 pixel counts. These changes in growth rate throughout the stipulated period may be due to numerous factors such as the fluctuating of seawater temperature and weather. © 2013 The Authors.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copright is retained by the Authors. This is an open access article, published by Elsevier.
Faculty / Department / School: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2014 03:17
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2014 04:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: barnacles; fibre-glass; image monitoring
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing > 080106 Image Processing
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.procs.2013.10.019
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/25068

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