(19)
(11)EP 3 299 427 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
17.06.2020 Bulletin 2020/25

(21)Application number: 16799946.5

(22)Date of filing:  20.05.2016
(51)Int. Cl.: 
C09D 143/04  (2006.01)
C09D 5/16  (2006.01)
A01N 59/24  (2006.01)
A01N 59/16  (2006.01)
A01N 43/80  (2006.01)
A01N 43/40  (2006.01)
C09D 133/04  (2006.01)
C09D 7/40  (2018.01)
A01N 59/20  (2006.01)
A01N 55/08  (2006.01)
A01N 43/50  (2006.01)
A01N 25/10  (2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/JP2016/065009
(87)International publication number:
WO 2016/190241 (01.12.2016 Gazette  2016/48)

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ANTIFOULING COATING MATERIAL COMPOSITION, ANTIFOULING COATING FILM, ANTIFOULING BASE, METHOD FOR PRODUCING ANTIFOULING BASE, AND METHOD FOR STORING ANTIFOULING COATING MATERIAL COMPOSITION

ZUSAMMENSETZUNG EINES BEWUCHSHEMMENDEN BESCHICHTUNGSMATERIALS, BEWUCHSHEMMENDE BASIS, VERFAHREN ZUR HERSTELLUNG EINER BEWUCHSHEMMENDEN BASIS UND VERFAHREN ZUM AUFBEWAHREN EINER BEWUCHSHEMMENDEN BESCHICHTUNGSMATERIALZUSAMMENSETZUNG

COMPOSITION DE MATÉRIAU DE REVÊTEMENT ANTISALISSURE, FILM DE REVÊTEMENT ANTISALISSURE, BASE ANTISALISSURE ET SON PROCÉDÉ DE PRODUCTION, ET PROCÉDÉ DE STOCKAGE DE LA COMPOSITION DE MATÉRIAU DE REVÊTEMENT ANTISALISSURE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 22.05.2015 JP 2015104837

(43)Date of publication of application:
28.03.2018 Bulletin 2018/13

(73)Proprietor: Chugoku Marine Paints, Ltd.
Hiroshima 739-0652 (JP)

(72)Inventors:
  • IWATA, Yuki
    Otake-shi Hiroshima 739-0652 (JP)
  • TANINO, Soichiro
    Otake-shi Hiroshima 739-0652 (JP)
  • MASUDA, Satoshi
    Otake-shi Hiroshima 739-0652 (JP)
  • TANAKA, Hideyuki
    Otake-shi Hiroshima 739-0652 (JP)

(74)Representative: Hoffmann Eitle 
Patent- und Rechtsanwälte PartmbB Arabellastraße 30
81925 München
81925 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-2011/118526
WO-A1-2014/096102
JP-A- 2016 089 167
WO-A1-2012/048712
JP-A- H11 333 374
US-A1- 2013 045 264
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    TECHNICAL FIELD



    [0001] The present invention relates to an antifouling coating composition and use applications thereof. More particularly, the invention relates to an antifouling coating composition which includes a silyl ester (co)polymer as a film-forming component and can be used to prevent the fouling of substrates by aquatic organisms, to an antifouling coating film and an antifouling substrate which each use the antifouling coating composition, to a method for producing an antifouling substrate using the composition, and to a method of storing the antifouling coating composition.

    BACKGROUND ART



    [0002] The technique that is widely used at present to prevent the fouling of structures such as vessels and submarine structures by aquatic organisms in the sea is antifouling coatings that combine a hydrolysable resin which imparts renewability to the antifouling coating film, and an antifouling agent which has a physiological activity on organisms.

    [0003] Silyl ester copolymers have particularly high renewability and are widely used as such hydrolyzable resins.

    [0004] Meanwhile, for example, JP-A-2002-535255 (Patent Literature 1) describes that medetomidine is useful as an agent for the inhibition of marine biofouling on a solid surface.

    [0005] WO 2011/118526 (Patent Literature 2) discloses an antifouling coating composition which includes a combination of the above compounds and exhibits an outstanding antifouling performance on structures such as vessels and submarine structures even when the sea areas or conditions where such structures are navigated or installed cause high fouling loads. Some specific examples of such coating compositions disclosed are those which contain, among others, a silyl ester copolymer having structural units derived from triisopropylsilyl acrylate and medetomidine (Examples 10 and 11).

    [0006] Patent Literature 3 describes a self-polishing antifouling coating composition comprising a base component comprising a pre-polymer which has alkoxysilyl-functional group(s) and/or is curable in the presence of a curing agent/catalyst, and has side chain(s) bearing terminal group(s) of the formula - X-O-(SiR1R2O)n-SiR3R4R5, wherein X is >C=O, n is 0-5, 000, and R1, R2, R3, R4 and R5 are selected from C1-20-alkyl and optionally substituted phenyl; and a curing agent/catalyst.

    [0007] Patent Literature 4 describes a silyl ester copolymer and an antifouling coating composition comprising the silyl ester copolymer and an antifouling agent. The silyl ester copolymer comprises the reaction product of a silyl ester monomer of the formula X-O-SiR1R2R3 wherein X is an acryloyloxy group, methacryloyloxy group, (methacryloyloxy) alkylcarboxy group, (acryloyloxy) alkylcarboxy group, maleinoyloxy group, fumaroyloxy group, itaconoyloxy group or citraconoyloxy group; R1 is a methyl or ethyl group; R2 is a methyl or ethyl group; R3 is a branched C5-8 alkyl group having at least two branches; with at least one none silyl ester monomer, e.g., methyl methacrylate.

    [0008] Patent Literature 5 describes a method for coating the exterior of a ship wherein a non-tar-base epoxy resin heavy corrosion preventive coating is applied as a primer on the exterior of a ship and a non-organotin-based hydrolyzable antifouling paint is further applied as a top coat paint. The composition of the non-organotin-based hydrolyzable antifouling paint contains at least one of a trialkylsilyl ester copolymer, an unsaturated carboxylic acid metal salt copolymer and a vinyl resin.

    [0009] Patent Literature 6 describes an antifouling coating composition containing a silyl methacrylic copolymer containing a component unit derived from triisopropylsilyl methacrylate, a component unit derived from methoxyethyl(meth)acrylate, and a component unit derived from a polymerizable monomer having a polymerizable double bond (excluding triisopropylsilyl methacrylate and methoxyethyl(meth)acrylate); and 4-bromo-2-(4-chlorophenyl)-5-(trifluoromethyl)-1H-pyrrole-3-carbonitrile. The antifouling coating composition does not contain copper and a copper compound.

    CITATION LIST


    PATENT LITERATURE



    [0010] 

    Patent Literature 1: JP-A-2002-535255

    Patent Literature 2: WO 2011/118526

    Patent Literature 3: WO 2012/048712 A1

    Patent Literature 4: WO 2014/096102 A1

    Patent Literature 5: JP H11 333374 A

    Patent Literature 6: JP 2016 089167 A


    SUMMARY OF INVENTION


    TECHNICAL PROBLEM



    [0011] Unfortunately, it has been found that the antifouling coating compositions disclosed in Patent Literature 2 are difficult to store stably for long periods because the coating compositions, due to their containing a silyl ester copolymer and medetomidine, suffer a specific rise in coating viscosity or coating solidification which is presumably associated with the decomposition of the silyl ester copolymer.

    [0012] In light of such problems, objects of the present invention are to provide an antifouling coating composition which contains a silyl ester (co)polymer and medetomidine and is used to prevent the fouling of substrates by aquatic organisms and which can form antifouling coating films exhibiting outstanding antifouling properties over a long period and also has good storage stability, and to provide use applications of the composition.

    SOLUTION TO PROBLEM



    [0013] After extensive studies, the present inventors have found that an antifouling coating composition, in spite of its containing a silyl ester (co) polymer and medetomidine, attains an enhancement in storage stability when the silyl ester (co) polymer includes a silyl methacrylate, thus completing the present invention. A summary of the invention is described below.
    1. [1] An antifouling coating composition including a silyl ester (co)polymer (A) and medetomidine (B),
      the silyl ester (co)polymer (A) including structural units derived from a monomer (a) represented by the general formula (I):

              R1-CH=C(CH3)-COO-(SiR2R3O)n-SiR4R5R6     ··· (I)

      [in the formula (I), R2, R3, R4, R5 and R6 are each independently a C1-20 monovalent organic group optionally having a heteroatom,

      R1 is a hydrogen atom or R7-O-C=O (wherein R7 is a hydrogen atom, a C1-20 monovalent organic group optionally having a heteroatom, or a silyl group represented by R8R9R10Si (wherein R8, R9 and R10 are each independently a C1-20 monovalent organic group optionally having a heteroatom), and

      n is 0 or an integer of 1 or greater].

    2. [2] The antifouling coating composition described in [1], wherein the medetomidine (B) is present in a ratio of 0.01 to 50 parts by weight to 100 parts by weight of the silyl ester (co)polymer (A).
    3. [3] The antifouling coating composition described in [1] or [2], wherein the silyl ester (co)polymer (A) further includes structural units derived from an unsaturated monomer (b) copolymerizable with the monomer (a).
    4. [4] The antifouling coating composition described in [3], wherein the unsaturated monomer (b) includes at least one unsaturated monomer selected from the group consisting of alkyl (meth)acrylates, phenyl (meth)acrylate, benzyl (meth)acrylate, alkoxyalkyl (meth)acrylates, hydroxyalkyl (meth)acrylates, metal ester group-containing (meth)acrylates, organosiloxane group-containing (meth) acrylates, and monomers represented by the general formula (II):

              R11-CH=CH-COO-(SiR12R13O)n-SiR14R15R16     ··· (II)

      [in the formula (II), R12, R13, R14, R15 and R16 are each independently a C1-20 monovalent organic group optionally having a heteroatom,

      R11 is a hydrogen atom or R17-O-C=O (wherein R17 is a hydrogen atom, a C1-20 monovalent organic group optionally having a heteroatom, or a silyl group represented by R18R19R20Si (wherein R18, R19 and R20 are each independently a C1-20 monovalent organic group optionally having a heteroatom), and

      n is 0 or an integer of 1 or greater].

    5. [5] The antifouling coating composition described in any one of [1] to [4], wherein R4, R5 and R6 in the general formula (I) are all isopropyl groups.
    6. [6] The antifouling coating composition described in any one of [1] to [5], further including an antifouling agent (C) other than the medetomidine (B).
    7. [7] The antifouling coating composition described in [6], wherein the antifouling agent (C) other than the medetomidine (B) is at least one antifouling agent selected from the group consisting of cuprous oxide, copper rhodanide, copper, copper pyrithione, zinc pyrithione, 4-bromo-2-(4-chlorophenyl)-5-(trifluoromethyl)-1H-pyrrole-3-carbonitrile, 4,5-dichloro-2-n-octyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one, borane-nitrogen base adducts, N,N-dimethyl-N'-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)urea, N-(2,4,6-trichlorophenyl)maleimide, 2-methylthio-4-tert-butylamino-6-cyclopropylamino-1,3,5-tr iazine, 2,4,5,6-tetrachloroisophthalonitrile, bisdimethyldithiocarbamoyl zinc ethylene bisdithiocarbamate, chloromethyl-n-octyl disulfide, N,N'-dimethyl-N'-phenyl-(N-fluorodichloromethylthio)sulfam ide, tetraalkyl thiuram disulfides, zinc dimethyl dithiocarbamate, zinc ethylene bisdithiocarbamate, 2,3-dichloro-N-(2',6'-diethylphenyl)maleimide and 2,3-dichloro-N-(2'-ethyl-6'-methylphenyl)maleimide.
    8. [8] The antifouling coating composition described in any one of [1] to [7], further including a dehydrating agent (D).
    9. [9] The antifouling coating composition described in any one of [1] to [8], wherein the dehydrating agent (D) is at least one selected from the group consisting of calcium sulfate, hydrolyzable group-containing organosilanes, zeolites, alumina, silica and orthoesters.
    10. [10] The antifouling coating composition described in any one of [1] to [9], further including a rosin (E).
    11. [11] The antifouling coating composition described in any one of [1] to [10], which is a one pack coating.
    12. [12] An antifouling coating film formed from the antifouling coating composition described in any one of [1] to [11].
    13. [13] An antifouling substrate including a substrate and the antifouling coating film of [12] disposed on a surface of the substrate.
    14. [14] The antifouling substrate described in [13], wherein the substrate is an underwater structure, outside shell of a ship or a fishing gear.
    15. [15] A method for producing an antifouling substrate, including:

      a step of coating or impregnating a surface of a substrate with the antifouling coating composition described in any one of [1] to [11], and a step of curing the antifouling coating that has been caused to coat or impregnate the substrate in the previous step; or including

      a step of forming a film from the antifouling coating composition and curing the film to form an antifouling coating film, and a step of attaching the antifouling coating film onto a substrate.

    16. [16] A method of storing an antifouling coating composition, including charging the antifouling coating composition described in [11] into a container and storing the composition.

    ADVANTAGEOUS EFFECTS OF INVENTION



    [0014] The antifouling coating compositions of the present invention can form antifouling coating films which exhibit outstanding antifouling properties over a long period. Further, the antifouling coating compositions of the invention can be stored stably over a long period.

    DESCRIPTION OF EMBODIMENTS



    [0015] Aspects of the present invention such as the antifouling coating compositions will be described in greater detail hereinbelow.

    [0016] In the invention, the weight based on which the contents of components are specified is, when the component contains volatiles such as a diluent solvent, the weight of the component excluding such volatiles, namely, the weight of "solid content" which can constitute a dry coating film. The term solid content means a residue that is left when any component or composition containing volatiles such as a solvent is dried in a hot air dryer at 105°C for 3 hours to evaporate the volatiles such as a solvent. The term "(meth)acrylate" is a collective term indicating both acrylate and methacrylate.

    [Antifouling coating compositions]



    [0017] The antifouling coating composition according to the present invention contains a silyl ester (co)polymer (A) and medetomidine (B).

    (Silyl ester (co)polymers (A))



    [0018] The silyl ester (co)polymer (A) is a (co)polymer which includes structural units (also written as "component units", "constituent units", "repeating units", etc.) derived from a monomer (a) represented by the general formula (I):

            R1-CH=C(CH3)-COO-(SiR2R3O)n-SiR4R5R6

    and optionally includes structural units derived from an unsaturated monomer (b) copolymerizable with the monomer (a) . The phrase "component units derived from X", when X is represented by A1A2C=CA3A4 (C=C is a polymerizable carbon-carbon double bond), are, for example, structural units represented by the following formula:



    [0019] In the formula (I), R2, R3, R4, R5 and R6 are each independently a C1-20 monovalent organic group optionally having a heteroatom, with examples including linear, branched or cyclic alkyl groups, and aryl groups wherein these alkyl groups and aryl groups may have a heteroatom such as an oxygen atom interrupting a carbon-carbon bond. For the reason that the silyl ester (co)polymer (A) is hydrolyzed at an appropriate rate in the antifouling coating films of the invention, R2, R3, R4, R5 and R6 are preferably each an alkyl group such as a methyl group, an ethyl group, an isopropyl group or a sec-butyl group, and are more preferably each an isopropyl group.

    [0020] R1 is a hydrogen atom or R7-O-C=O (wherein R7 is a hydrogen atom, a C1-20 monovalent organic group optionally having a heteroatom, or a silyl group represented by R8R9R10Si (wherein R8, R9 and R10 are each independently a C1-20 monovalent organic group optionally having a heteroatom), and is preferably a hydrogen atom.

    [0021] Examples of the C1-20 monovalent organic groups optionally having a heteroatom, represented by R7, R8, R9 and R10, include linear, branched or cyclic alkyl groups, and aryl groups wherein these alkyl groups and aryl groups may have a heteroatom such as an oxygen atom interrupting a carbon-carbon bond, with isopropyl group being preferable.

    [0022] The letter n is 0 or an integer of 1 or greater, and is preferably 0. The upper limit of n may be, for example, 1,000.

    [0023] Examples of the monomers (a) represented by the formula (I) include trialkylsilyl methacrylates such as trimethylsilyl methacrylate, triethylsilyl methacrylate, tri-n-propylsilyl methacrylate, triisopropylsilyl methacrylate, tri-n-butylsilyl methacrylate, triisobutylsilyl methacrylate, tri-sec-butylsilyl methacrylate, tri-2-ethylhexylsilyl methacrylate, butyldiisopropylsilyl methacrylate and 1-methacryloyloxynonamethyltetrasiloxane. In particular, triisopropylsilyl methacrylate is preferable because of the hydrolysis rate of the silyl ester (co)polymer (A) in the antifouling coating films of the invention and also because the antifouling coating films of the invention attain well-sustained surface renewability and high water resistance.

    [0024] Some preferred unsaturated monomers (b) copolymerizable with the monomers (a) are alkyl (meth) acrylates such as methyl (meth)acrylate, ethyl (meth)acrylate, propyl (meth)acrylate, isopropyl (meth)acrylate, butyl (meth)acrylate, isobutyl (meth)acrylate, tert-butyl (meth)acrylate, pentyl (meth)acrylate, hexyl (meth)acrylate, heptyl (meth)acrylate, cyclohexyl (meth)acrylate, octyl (meth)acrylate, isooctyl (meth)acrylate, 2-ethylhexyl (meth)acrylate, 3,5,5-trimethylhexyl (meth)acrylate, lauryl (meth)acrylate, cetyl (meth)acrylate and stearyl (meth)acrylate;
    phenyl (meth)acrylate;
    benzyl (meth)acrylate;
    alkoxyalkyl (meth)acrylates such as methoxymethyl (meth)acrylate, 2-methoxyethyl (meth)acrylate, ethoxymethyl (meth)acrylate, 2-ethoxyethyl (meth)acrylate, 4-methoxybutyl (meth)acrylate, methoxypropyl (meth)acrylate, ethoxypropyl (meth)acrylate, propoxyethyl (meth)acrylate, 2-butoxyethyl (meth)acrylate, isobutoxybutyl diglycol (meth)acrylate and phenoxyethyl (meth)acrylate;
    hydroxyalkyl (meth)acrylates such as hydroxymethyl (meth)acrylate, 2-hydroxyethyl (meth)acrylate, 2-hydroxypropyl (meth)acrylate, 4-hydroxybutyl (meth)acrylate and 2-hydroxy-3-phenoxypropyl (meth)acrylate;
    metal ester group-containing (meth)acrylates such as zinc (meth)acrylate, zinc di(meth)acrylate, copper (meth)acrylate and copper di(meth)acrylate;
    organosiloxane group-containing (meth)acrylates, and monomers represented by the general formula (II):

            R11-CH=CH-COO-(SiR12R13O)n-SiR14R15R16

    [In the formula (II), R12, R13, R14, R15 and R16 are each independently a C1-20 monovalent organic group optionally having a heteroatom, with examples including linear, branched or cyclic alkyl groups, and aryl groups wherein these alkyl groups and aryl groups may have a heteroatom such as an oxygen atom interrupting a carbon-carbon bond. These substituents are preferably alkyl groups, and are more preferably isopropyl groups for the reason that the silyl ester (co)polymer (A) is hydrolyzed at an appropriate rate in the antifouling coating films of the invention.

    [0025] R11 is a hydrogen atom or R17-O-C=O (wherein R17 is a hydrogen atom, a C1-20 monovalent organic group optionally having a heteroatom, or a silyl group represented by R18R19R20Si (wherein R18, R19 and R20 are each independently a C1-20 monovalent organic group optionally having a heteroatom)), and is preferably a hydrogen atom.

    [0026] Examples of the C1-20 monovalent organic groups optionally having a heteroatom, represented by R17, R18, R19 and R20, include linear, branched or cyclic alkyl groups, and aryl groups wherein these alkyl groups and aryl groups may have a heteroatom such as an oxygen atom interrupting a carbon-carbon bond, with isopropyl group being preferable.

    [0027] The letter n is 0 or an integer of 1 or greater, and is preferably 0. The upper limit of n may be, for example, 1,000.] In particular, methyl (meth)acrylate, ethyl (meth)acrylate, butyl (meth)acrylate, 2-methoxyethyl (meth)acrylate, 2-hydroxyethyl (meth)acrylate and triisopropylsilyl acrylate are more preferable. Because the antifouling coating composition that is produced attains particularly high storage stability, the silyl ester (co)polymer (A) more preferably includes structural units derived from 2-methoxyethyl (meth)acrylate as the unsaturated monomer (b), and particularly preferably includes 1 to 30 wt% of structural units derived from 2-methoxyethyl (meth)acrylate.

    [0028] For the reason that the antifouling coating films of the invention attain excellent properties such as well-sustained surface renewability, it is desirable that the silyl ester (co)polymer (A) usually contain the structural units derived from the monomer (a) in an amount of 10 to 100 wt%, preferably 10 to 90 wt%, and more preferably 40 to 80 wt%, and the balance be the structural units from the unsaturated monomer (b), that is, the (co)polymer usually contain the structural units derived from the unsaturated monomer (b) in an amount of 0 to 90 wt%, preferably 10 to 90 wt%, and more preferably 20 to 60 wt% (relative to the amount of all the constituent units in the silyl ester (co)polymer (A) taken as 100 wt%).

    [0029] From the points of view of viscosity, storage stability and properties of coating films, it is desirable that the number average molecular weight Mn of the silyl ester (co)polymer (A) (polystyrene equivalent value measured by the method described later in Examples or a method equivalent thereto) be usually 1,000 to 200,000, and preferably 1,000 to 100,000.

    [0030] The content of the silyl ester (co)polymer (A) in the antifouling coating composition of the invention is preferably 0.1 to 99 wt%, more preferably 5 to 90 wt%, and particularly preferably 10 to 80 wt% of the solid content in the composition.

    [0031] The silyl ester (co)polymer (A) may be prepared by (co) polymerizing the monomer (a) optionally together with the unsaturated monomer (b) by a known polymerization method.

    [0032] In the silyl ester (co)polymer (A), the ratio of the contents (weights) of the structural units derived from the monomer (a) and the structural units derived from the unsaturated monomer (b) tends to be consistent with the ratio of the amounts (weights) in which the monomer (a) and the unsaturated monomer (b) are fed to the polymerization reaction.

    (Medetomidine (B))



    [0033] The medetomidine is (±) -4-[1-(2,3-dimethylphenyl)ethyl]-1H-imidazole.

    [0034] The content of the medetomidine (B) in the antifouling coating composition of the invention is preferably 0.001 to 10 wt% relative to (the solid content in) the antifouling coating composition taken as 100 wt%. The content of the medetomidine (B) in the antifouling coating composition of the invention is preferably 0.01 to 50 parts by weight, more preferably 0.02 to 20 parts by weight, and still more preferably 0.04 to 10 parts by weight per 100 parts by weight of the silyl ester (co)polymer (A). When the content of the medetomidine (B) satisfies these ranges, antifouling coating films obtained from the antifouling coating composition of the invention attain excellent antifouling properties. To ensure that antifouling coating films will exhibit outstanding antifouling properties and the antifouling coating composition will attain particularly high storage stability, the content of the medetomidine (B) is particularly preferably 0.04 to 5 parts by weight per 100 parts by weight of the silyl ester (co) polymer (A) .

    (Optional components)



    [0035] In addition to the components described above, the antifouling coating composition of the invention may contain various components used in general coating compositions, such as an antifouling agent (C) other than the medetomidine (B), a dehydrating agent (D), a rosin (E), a monocarboxylic acid compound (F), a coloring pigment (G), an extender pigment (H), a plasticizer (I), a thixotropic agent (J), an additional resin (K) other than the silyl ester (co)polymer (A), and a solvent (L) .

    •Antifouling agents (C) other than medetomidine



    [0036] By containing an antifouling agent (C) other than the medetomidine (B), the antifouling coating composition of the invention can give antifouling coating films having a further enhanced antifouling performance.

    [0037] Inorganic and organic antifouling agents may be used as the antifouling agents (C) other than medetomidine. Preferred examples include cuprous oxide, copper rhodanide, copper, copper pyrithione, zinc pyrithione, 4-bromo-2-(4-chlorophenyl)-5-(trifluoromethyl)-1H-pyrrole-3-carbonitrile, 4,5-dichloro-2-n-octyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one, borane-nitrogen base adducts (such as pyridine triphenylborane and 4-isopropylpyridine diphenylmethylborane), N,N-dimethyl-N'-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)urea, N-(2,4,6-trichlorophenyl)maleimide, 2-methylthio-4-tert-butylamino-6-cyclopropylamino-1,3,5-tr iazine, 2,4,5,6-tetrachloroisophthalonitrile, bisdimethyldithiocarbamoyl zinc ethylene bisdithiocarbamate, chloromethyl-n-octyl disulfide, N,N'-dimethyl-N'-phenyl-(N-fluorodichloromethylthio)sulfam ide, tetraalkyl thiuram disulfides, zinc dimethyl dithiocarbamate, zinc ethylene bisdithiocarbamate, 2,3-dichloro-N-(2',6'-diethylphenyl)maleimide and 2,3-dichloro-N-(2'-ethyl-6'-methylphenyl)maleimide. A combination of any of these compounds may be used.

    [0038] The amount of the antifouling agent (C) other than medetomidine may be adjusted appropriately and is, for example, 0.01 to 1000 parts by weight per 100 parts by weight of the silyl ester (co)polymer (A).

    •Dehydrating agents (D)



    [0039] By containing a dehydrating agent (D), the antifouling coating composition of the invention can attain a further enhancement in coating storage stability.

    [0040] The dehydrating agent (D) may be an inorganic or organic agent, or may be a combination of such agents.

    [0041] Examples of the inorganic dehydrating agents include calcium sulfate, zeolites, alumina and silica.

    [0042] Examples of the organic dehydrating agents include hydrolyzable group-containing organosilanes, orthoesters such as alkyl orthoformate esters, orthoboric acid and isocyanates.

    [0043] The content of the dehydrating agent (D) in the antifouling coating composition of the invention is preferably 0.01 to 200 parts by weight, and more preferably 0.1 to 50 parts by weight per 100 parts by weight of the silyl ester (co) polymer (A). The content of the dehydrating agent (D) in the antifouling coating composition of the invention is preferably 0.1 to 100,000 parts by weight, and more preferably 1 to 10,000 parts by weight per 100 parts by weight of the medetomidine (B). When the amount of the dehydrating agent (D) satisfies these ranges, good coating storage stability can be obtained.

    •Rosins (E)



    [0044] When the antifouling coating composition of the invention contains a rosin (E), antifouling coating films obtained from the antifouling coating composition can attain enhancements in surface renewability and water resistance. Further, the incorporation of a rosin (E) results in a further enhancement in coating storage stability of the antifouling coating composition.

    [0045] Examples of the rosins (E) include such rosins as gum rosin, wood rosin and tall oil rosin, rosin derivatives such as hydrogenated rosins, disproportionated rosins and rosin metal salts, and pine tar.

    [0046] The amount of the rosin (E) may be adjusted appropriately, and is, for example, 0.01 to 1,000 parts by weight, and preferably 1 to 500 parts by weight per 100 parts by weight of the silyl ester (co)polymer (A).

    •Monocarboxylic acid compounds (F)



    [0047] When the antifouling coating composition of the invention contains a monocarboxylic acid compound (F), antifouling coating films obtained from the antifouling coating composition can attain enhancements in surface renewability and water resistance.

    [0048] Some preferred monocarboxylic acid compounds (F) are saturated or unsaturated aliphatic hydrocarbon groups having 10 to 20 carbon atoms, saturated or unsaturated alicyclic hydrocarbon groups having 3 to 20 carbon atoms, and substituted forms of these. In particular, trimethylisobutenylcyclohexenecarboxylic acid compounds, versatic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, abietic acid, neoabietic acid, pimaric acid, dehydroabietic acid, 12-hydroxystearic acid and naphthenic acid, and salts of these acids (for example, metal salts) are preferable. Examples of the trimethylisobutenylcyclohexenecarboxylic acids include a reaction product of 2,6-dimethylocta-2,4,6-triene with methacrylic acid, the product being based on (containing 85% or more) 1,2,3-trimethyl-5-(2-methylprop-1-en-1-yl)cyclohex-3-ene-1 -carboxylic acid and 1,4,5-trimethyl-2-(2-methylprop-1-en-1-yl)cyclohex-3-ene-1 -carboxylic acid.

    [0049] The amount of the monocarboxylic acid compound (F) may be adjusted appropriately, and is, for example, 0.01 to 1,000 parts by weight, and preferably 1 to 500 parts by weight per 100 parts by weight of the silyl ester (co)polymer (A).

    •Coloring pigments (G)



    [0050] Examples of the coloring pigments (G) include inorganic pigments such as red iron oxide, titanium white (titanium oxide) and yellow iron oxide, and organic pigments such as carbon black, naphthol red and phthalocyanine blue. The coloring pigments may be used singly, or two or more may be used in combination. The coloring pigments may further include various colorants such as dyes.

    [0051] The amount of the coloring pigment (G) may be adjusted appropriately, and is, for example, 0.05 to 125 parts by weight per 100 parts by weight of the silyl ester (co)polymer (A).

    •Extender pigments (H)



    [0052] The extender pigments (H) are such pigments that have a low refractive index and, when kneaded with oils or varnishes, are transparent and do not conceal the coated surface. Examples of the extender pigments (H) include talc, mica, clay, potassium feldspar, zinc oxide, calcium carbonate, kaolin, alumina white, white carbon, aluminum hydroxide, magnesium carbonate, barium carbonate, barium sulfate and zinc sulfide. In particular, zinc oxide, talc, mica, clay, calcium carbonate, kaolin, barium sulfate and potassium feldspar are preferable. The extender pigments (H) may be used singly, or two or more may be used in combination.

    [0053] The amount of the extender pigment (H) may be adjusted appropriately, and is, for example, 0.5 to 250 parts by weight per 100 parts by weight of the silyl ester (co)polymer (A).

    •Plasticizers (I)



    [0054] The plasticizer (I) is a component that contributes to enhancing the crack resistance and water resistance of antifouling coating films and to suppressing discoloration of the antifouling coating films. Examples of the plasticizers (I) include n-paraffins, chlorinated paraffins, terpene phenols, tricresyl phosphate (TCP) and polyvinyl ethyl ethers. In particular, chlorinated paraffins and terpene phenols are preferable, and chlorinated paraffins are particularly preferable. These plasticizers may be used singly, or two or more may be used in combination. A commercial n-paraffin which may be used is "n-paraffin" manufactured by JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation. Some commercial chlorinated paraffins which may be used are "TOYOPARAX A-40/A-50/A-70/A-145/A-150" manufactured by TOSOH CORPORATION.

    [0055] The amount of the plasticizer (I) may be adjusted appropriately, and is, for example, 1 to 5 wt% relative to all the solid content in the antifouling coating composition.

    •Thixotropic agents (J)



    [0056] The thixotropic agent (J) is a component which contributes to the prevention of the sagging and settling of the coating.

    [0057] Examples of the thixotropic agents (J) include organic bentonites, Al, Ca or Zn stearate, lecithin, alkylsulfonate salts, polyethylene waxes, oxidized polyethylene waxes, amide waxes, hydrogenated castor oil waxes, and amide wax/ oxidized polyethylene wax composite. These thixotropic agents may be used singly, or two or more may be used in combination.

    [0058] The amount of the thixotropic agent (J) may be adjusted appropriately, and is, for example, 0.25 to 50 parts by weight per 100 parts by weight of the silyl ester (co)polymer (A).

    •Additional resins (K)



    [0059] Where necessary, the antifouling coating composition of the invention may contain one, or two or more kinds of additional resins (K) other than the silyl ester (co)polymer (A).

    [0060] Examples of such resins which may be used include water-insoluble or poorly water-soluble resins such as metal ester bond-free acrylic resins, metal (except silicon) ester group-containing acrylic resins, acrylic silicone resins, polyester resins, unsaturated polyester resins, fluororesins, polybutene resins, silicone rubbers, polyurethane resins, epoxy resins, polyamide resins, vinyl resins (such as vinyl chloride copolymers, ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymers), chlorinated rubbers, chlorinated olefin resins, styrene-butadiene copolymer resins, ketone resins, alkyd resins, coumarone resins, terpene phenol resins and petroleum resins.

    [0061] The amount of the additional resin (K) may be adjusted appropriately, and is, for example, 0.01 to 1,000 parts by weight per 100 parts by weight of the silyl ester (co)polymer (A) .

    •Solvents (L)



    [0062] Similarly to usual antifouling coating compositions, the antifouling coating composition of the invention is a solution or a dispersion of the aforementioned components in a solvent. In the present invention, solvents commonly used for antifouling coatings may be used, with examples including aliphatic solvents, aromatic solvents (such as xylene and toluene), ketone solvents (such as MIBK and cyclohexanone), ester solvents, ether solvents (such as propylene glycol monomethyl ether and propylene glycol monomethyl ether acetate) and alcohol solvents (such as isopropyl alcohol).

    [0063] The amount of the solvent (L) may be adjusted appropriately, and is, for example, such that the proportion of all the solid content in the antifouling coating composition will be 20 to 90 wt%, and an additional amount may be added at the time of coating operation in accordance with workability.

    (Methods for producing antifouling coating compositions)



    [0064] The antifouling coating composition of the invention may be prepared using techniques such as a device and a tool which are similar to those with which general known antifouling coatings are produced. For example, the composition may be produced by preparing the silyl ester (co)polymer (A) first, adding the (co)polymer (A) (here, the (co)polymer (A) may be in the form of a solution of the (co)polymer (A) (the solution obtained during the production of the (co)polymer (A)), the medetomidine (B) and optionally other components such as additives into the solvent at once or sequentially, and mixing the mixture by stirring.

    [0065] The antifouling coating composition of the invention with its excellent long-term storage stability can be stored not only as separate agents including the silyl ester (co)polymer (A) and the medetomidine (B) separately, but also as a one pack coating containing the silyl ester (co)polymer (A) and the medetomidine (B) together.

    [Antifouling coating films and antifouling substrates]



    [0066] The antifouling coating film of the present invention includes the solid content in the antifouling coating composition of the invention. The antifouling coating film of the invention is formed from the antifouling coating composition of the invention. When, for example, the antifouling coating composition contains the solvent (L), the coating film may be formed by curing (that is, removing the solvent (L) from) the antifouling coating composition of the invention that has been applied onto a substrate, by, for example, natural drying or using a drying device such as a heater.

    [0067] The antifouling substrate of the invention includes a substrate and the inventive antifouling coating film disposed on a surface of the substrate. The antifouling substrate may be produced by, for example, coating a substrate (the substrate may also be a target to be prevented from fouling, or an object to be coated) with the antifouling coating composition of the invention using a coating device such as an air sprayer, an airless sprayer, a brush or a roller, or impregnating the substrate with the composition, and drying and curing the coating composition that has been caused to coat or impregnate the substrate by, for example, natural drying (drying at about room temperature) or by the use of a drying device such as a heater, thereby forming an antifouling coating film on the substrate.

    [0068] Alternatively, the antifouling substrate of the invention may be produced by forming an antifouling coating film from the inventive antifouling coating composition on a surface of a tentative substrate, releasing the antifouling coating film from the tentative substrate, and attaching the coating film onto a substrate that is to be prevented from fouling. During this process, the antifouling coating film may be attached onto the substrate via an adhesive layer.

    [0069] Although the substrates are not particularly limited, some preferred substrates are those which are placed in contact with seawater or freshwater. Specific examples include underwater structures such as water supply inlets and drains in various power plants (thermal power plants and nuclear power plants), coast roads, submarine tunnels, port facilities, and sludge diffusion prevention films used in various offshore or river engineering works for building structures such as canals and waterways; outside shell of ships (in particular, ship's portions from the waterline to the bottom); and fishery materials (such as ropes, fishing gears including fishing nets, floats and buoys).

    [0070] The substrates may be of any material without limitation as long as the substrates require precautions for problems such as fouling in water. In particular, example materials for outside shell of a ship include steel, aluminum, wood and FRP, and example materials for fishery materials include natural or synthetic fibers for fishing nets and the like, and synthetic resins for floats, buoys and the like.

    [0071] When, in particular, the substrate is a ship's bottom or the like, an undercoat primer such as an anticorrosive coating is usually applied to the surface of the steel substrate, then the antifouling coating composition (the antifouling coating) of the invention is applied to or is caused to impregnate the surface of the primer-coated substrate (the impregnation is adopted particularly when the substrate is a fishing net or the like) by the method described hereinabove one or more times, and the antifouling coating composition that has been applied onto or impregnated into the substrate is cured to form an antifouling coating film. The resultant coating film has excellent characteristics (antifouling properties, in particular, static antifouling properties) in preventing the attachment of aquatic organisms such as sea lettuce, barnacles, green laver, serpula, oysters and bryozoans (Bugula neritina) over a long term, and can release the antifouling components in a sustained manner over a long period.

    [0072] Usually, the surface of the substrate is sometimes primer-coated or has a layer formed from various binder coatings. In the case where the substrate is outside shell of a ship (in particular, a ship's bottom), an underwater structure or the like, the antifouling coating composition may be applied to the surface of the substrate several times (in other words, in a large thickness so that the dry thickness of the obtainable coating film will be about 100 to 600 µm). The antifouling substrate thus obtained attains excellent antifouling properties and exhibits appropriate flexibility and outstanding crack resistance in a well-balanced manner.

    [0073] When the substrate used in the production of the antifouling substrate is, for example, a steel sheet or a fishing net which already has a degraded antifouling coating film, the antifouling coating composition of the invention may be applied directly to the surface or, in the case of the substrate being a fishing net or the like, the surface thereof may be impregnated with the antifouling coating composition of the invention. When the substrate is a bare steel sheet, an undercoating agent such as an anticorrosive agent or a primer may be applied first to the substrate surface to form an undercoat layer, and thereafter the antifouling coating composition of the invention may be applied to the surface of the undercoat layer. Further, the surface of the substrate which already has the antifouling coating film of the invention or a conventional antifouling coating film may be overcoated with the antifouling coating film of the invention for the purpose of repairing.

    [0074] The thickness of the antifouling coating film of the invention formed by one coating operation is not particularly limited. When the substrate is outside shell of a ship or an underwater structure, the thickness per coating operation is, for example, about 30 to 250 µm.

    [0075] Underwater structures having the antifouling coating film of the invention can be prevented from the attachment of aquatic organisms over a long period and thus can maintain their functions over a long term. Fishing nets having the antifouling coating film of the invention have a low risk of environmental contamination, and can be prevented from the attachment of aquatic organisms and thus can be prevented from the clogging of the meshes.

    EXAMPLES



    [0076] Hereinbelow, the present invention will be described in greater detail based on Examples. However, the scope of the invention is not limited to such Examples.

    (Viscosity of silyl ester (co)polymer solution)



    [0077] The viscosity of a silyl ester (co)polymer solution at 25°C was measured with a cone-plate viscometer (manufactured by TOKI SANGYO CO., LTD).

    (Concentration of solid content in silyl ester (co)polymer solution)



    [0078] The term solid content means a heating residue that is left when a reaction mixture, a coating, an uncured film or the like containing components such as resins and solvents is dried in a hot air dryer at 105°C for 3 hours to evaporate volatiles such as solvents. The solid content are film-forming components which usually include resins and other components such as pigments.

    (Number average molecular weight (Mn) and weight average molecular weight (Mw) of silyl ester (co)polymer)



    [0079] The number average molecular weight (Mn) and weight average molecular weight (Mw) of a silyl ester (co) polymer were measured by GPC (gel permeation chromatography) under the following conditions.

    GPC Conditions



    [0080] Apparatus: "HLC-8120GPC" (manufactured by TOSOH CORPORATION)
    Columns: "Super H2000 + H4000" (manufactured by TOSOH CORPORATION, 6 mm (inner diameter), each 15 cm (length))
    Eluent: tetrahydrofuran (THF)
    Flow rate: 0.500 ml/min
    Detector: RI
    Column thermostatic chamber temperature: 40°C
    Standard substance: polystyrene
    Sample preparation: The polymer solution prepared in each

    [0081] Production Example was dehydrated by the addition of a small amount of calcium chloride and was filtered through a membrane filter. The residue obtained was used as a GPC measurement sample.

    [Production Example 1] (Production of silyl ester copolymer solution (A-1))



    [0082] A reaction container equipped with a stirrer, a condenser, a thermometer, a dropping device, a nitrogen inlet tube and a heating/cooling jacket was loaded with 54 parts by weight of xylene and 70 parts by weight of triisopropylsilyl methacrylate. In a flow of nitrogen, the mixture was stirred while performing heating at a temperature of 85°C ± 5°C. While keeping the temperature, a mixture of 30 parts by weight of methyl methacrylate and 0.75 parts by weight of 2,2'-azobis-2-methylbutyronitrile was dropped from the dropping device into the reaction container over a period of 2 hours . Thereafter, stirring was performed at the temperature for 4 hours, 0.4 parts by weight of 2, 2' -azobisisobutyronitrile was added, the resultant mixture was stirred at the temperature for 4 hours, and 26 parts of xylene was added. A colorless transparent silyl ester copolymer solution (A-1) was thus obtained.

    [0083] Table 1 describes the amounts of the monomer components used, and characteristic values of the solution (A-1) and the silyl ester copolymer present in the solution.

    [Production Example 2] (Production of silyl ester copolymer solution (A-2))



    [0084] A reaction container equipped with a stirrer, a condenser, a thermometer, a dropping device, a nitrogen inlet tube and a heating/cooling jacket was loaded with 54 parts by weight of xylene. In a flow of nitrogen, stirring was performed while performing heating at a temperature of 85°C ± 5°C. While keeping the temperature, a mixture of 55 parts by weight of triisopropylsilyl methacrylate, 30 parts by weight of 2-methoxyethyl methacrylate, 10 parts by weight of butyl acrylate, 5 parts by weight of methyl methacrylate and 0.65 parts by weight of 2,2'-azobisisobutyronitrile was dropped from the dropping device into the reaction container over a period of 2 hours. Thereafter, stirring was performed at the temperature for 4 hours, 0.4 parts by weight of 2,2'-azobisisobutyronitrile was added, the resultant mixture was stirred at the temperature for 2 hours, and 14 parts by weight of xylene was added. A colorless transparent silyl ester copolymer solution (A-2) was thus obtained.

    [0085] Table 1 describes the amounts of the monomer components used, and characteristic values of the solution (A-2) and the silyl ester copolymer present in the solution.

    [Production Examples 3 to 6] (Production of silyl ester copolymer solutions (A-3) to (A-6))



    [0086] Silyl ester copolymer solutions (A-3) to (A-6) containing a silyl ester copolymer were prepared in the same manner as in Production Example 2, except that the mixture used in Production Example 2 was replaced by a mixture of the monomer components in the proportions shown in Table 1 and 2,2'-azobisisobutyronitrile, and that the amounts of xylene and the polymerization catalyst (2,2' -azobisisobutyronitrile) were adjusted appropriately.

    [0087] Table 1 describes the amounts of the monomer components used, and characteristic values of the solutions (A-3) to (A-6) and the silyl ester copolymers present in the solutions.

    [Production Example 7] (Production of silyl ester copolymer solution (A-7))



    [0088] A silyl ester copolymer solution (A-7) containing a silyl ester copolymer was prepared in the same manner as in Production Example 1, except that the triisopropylsilyl methacrylate was replaced by 70 parts by weight of triisopropylsilyl acrylate, and that the amounts of xylene and the polymerization catalysts (2,2'-azobis-2-methylbutyronitrile and 2,2'-azobisisobutyronitrile) were adjusted appropriately.

    [0089] Table 1 describes the amounts of the monomer components used, and characteristic values of the solution (A-7) and the silyl ester copolymer present in the solution.
    Table 1
     Prod. Ex. 1Prod. Ex. 2Prod. Ex. 3Prod. Ex. 4Prod. Ex. 5Prod. Ex. 6Prod. Ex. 7
    Silyl ester copolymer solution A-1 A-2 A-3 A-4 A-5 A-6 A-7
    Monomer components Triisopropylsilyl methacrylate 70 55 40 55 60 55  
    Triisopropylsilyl acrylate       20     70
    2-Methoxyethyl methacrylate   30 30     30  
    2-Methoxyethyl acrylate         25    
    Butyl acrylate   10   5   10  
    Methyl methacrylate 30 5 30 20 15 5 30
    Total 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
    Characteristic values of silyl ester copolymers or solutions thereof Solid content (wt%) 55.9 59.9 55.8 60.1 60.3 60.6 55.4
    Viscosity (cps/25°C) 1,563 2,164 2,360 2,701 1,842 1,052 1,539
    Number average molecular weight (Mn) 10,893 9,988 11,852 9,772 13,505 6,950 9,032
    Weight average molecular weight (Mw) 44,878 47,902 40,070 48,320 42,318 22,533 40,266

    [Examples 1 to 28 and Comparative Examples 1 to 4]


    (Production of antifouling coating compositions)



    [0090] The components shown in Table 2, such as the solutions (A-1 to A-7) containing the silyl ester copolymers obtained in Production Examples 1 to 7, and medetomidine (B), were mixed together uniformly in the proportions described in Table 2 (the values in the table indicate parts by weight) with use of a paint shaker to give antifouling coating compositions. The compositions were evaluated by the following methods.

    (Storage stability)



    [0091] The antifouling coating compositions of Examples and Comparative Examples were each stored at 50°C for 2 weeks, and the viscosity was compared to that before the storage. The difference in viscosity value between before and after the storage was divided by the viscosity before the storage to calculate the "viscosity increase ratio (%)", based on which the storage stability of the antifouling coating composition was evaluated.

    [0092] The viscosity of the composition was measured at a temperature of 23°C with a Stormer viscometer (manufacturer: TAIYU KIZAI K.K., product name: STORMER VISCOMETER, model: 691) .

    (Static antifouling properties of coating films)



    [0093] An epoxy anticorrosive coating (epoxy AC coating, product name: "BANNOH 500", manufactured by Chugoku Marine Paints, Ltd.) was applied onto a sandblasted steel sheet (300 mm in length × 100 mm in width × 3.2 mm in thickness) so that the dry thickness of the coating film would be 150 µm. Thereafter, a vinyl binder coating (product name: "SILVAX SQ-K", manufactured by Chugoku Marine Paints, Ltd.) was applied thereon so that the dry thickness of the coating film would be 40 µm. Subsequently, any of the antifouling coating compositions produced in Examples was applied one time so that its dry thickness would be 100 µm. The wet film was dried at room temperature for 7 days. Test sheets having an antifouling coating film were thus fabricated. The above three coating operations took place at a rate of one operation per day.

    [0094] The test sheets fabricated as described above were immersed in Tokyo Bay under static conditions for three months in summer. The area of portions of the antifouling coating film fouled by barnacles (hereinafter, also written as the "barnacle fouling area") was measured. The static antifouling properties of the antifouling coating film were evaluated in accordance with [Criteria in evaluation of static antifouling properties based on barnacle fouling area] below. The results are described in Table 2.

    [Criteria in evaluation of static antifouling properties based on barnacle fouling area]



    [0095] 
    0:
    No barnacles had attached.
    1:
    Barnacles had attached locally.
    2:
    Barnacles had attached to the entire surface.







    Claims

    1. An antifouling coating composition comprising a silyl ester (co)polymer (A) and medetomidine (B),
    the silyl ester (co)polymer (A) including structural units derived from a monomer (a) represented by the general formula (I):

            R1-CH=C(CH3)-COO-(SiR2R3O)n-SiR4R5R6     ··· (I)

    [in the formula (I), R2, R3, R4, R5 and R6 are each independently a C1-20 monovalent organic group optionally having a heteroatom,

    R1 is a hydrogen atom or R7-O-C=O (wherein R7 is a hydrogen atom, a C1-20 monovalent organic group optionally having a heteroatom, or a silyl group represented by R8R9R10Si (wherein R8, R9 and R10 are each independently a C1-20 monovalent organic group optionally having a heteroatom), and

    n is 0 or an integer of 1 or greater].


     
    2. The antifouling coating composition according to Claim 1, wherein the medetomidine (B) is present in a ratio of 0.01 to 50 parts by weight to 100 parts by weight of the silyl ester (co)polymer (A).
     
    3. The antifouling coating composition according to Claim 1 or 2, wherein the silyl ester (co)polymer (A) further includes structural units derived from an unsaturated monomer (b) copolymerizable with the monomer (a).
     
    4. The antifouling coating composition according to Claim 3, wherein the unsaturated monomer (b) includes at least one unsaturated monomer selected from the group consisting of alkyl (meth)acrylates, phenyl (meth)acrylate, benzyl (meth)acrylate, alkoxyalkyl (meth)acrylates, hydroxyalkyl (meth)acrylates, metal ester group-containing (meth)acrylates, organosiloxane group-containing (meth)acrylates, and monomers represented by the general formula (II):

            R11-CH=CH-COO-(SiR12R13O)n-SiR14R15R16     ··· (II)

    [in the formula (II), R12, R13, R14, R15 and R16 are each independently a C1-20 monovalent organic group optionally having a heteroatom,

    R11 is a hydrogen atom or R17-O-C=O (wherein R17 is a hydrogen atom, a C1-20 monovalent organic group optionally having a heteroatom, or a silyl group represented by R18R19R20Si (wherein R18, R19 and R20 are each independently a C1-20 monovalent organic group optionally having a heteroatom), and

    n is 0 or an integer of 1 or greater].


     
    5. The antifouling coating composition according to any one of Claims 1 to 4, wherein R4, R5 and R6 in the general formula (I) are all isopropyl groups.
     
    6. The antifouling coating composition according to any one of Claims 1 to 5, further comprising an antifouling agent (C) other than the medetomidine (B).
     
    7. The antifouling coating composition according to Claim 6, wherein the antifouling agent (C) other than the medetomidine (B) is at least one antifouling agent selected from the group consisting of cuprous oxide, copper rhodanide, copper, copper pyrithione, zinc pyrithione, 4-bromo-2-(4-chlorophenyl)-5-(trifluoromethyl)-1H-pyrrole-3-carbonitrile, 4,5-dichloro-2-n-octyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one, borane-nitrogen base adducts, N,N-dimethyl-N'-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)urea, N-(2,4,6-trichlorophenyl)maleimide, 2-methylthio-4-tert-butylamino-6-cyclopropylamino-1,3,5-triazine, 2,4,5,6-tetrachloroisophthalonitrile, bisdimethyldithiocarbamoyl zinc ethylene bisdithiocarbamate, chloromethyl-n-octyl disulfide, N,N'-dimethyl-N'-phenyl-(N-fluorodichloromethylthio)sulfamide, tetraalkyl thiuram disulfides, zinc dimethyl dithiocarbamate, zinc ethylene bisdithiocarbamate, 2,3-dichloro-N-(2',6'-diethylphenyl)maleimide and 2,3-dichloro-N-(2'-ethyl-6'-methylphenyl)maleimide.
     
    8. The antifouling coating composition according to any one of Claims 1 to 7, further comprising a dehydrating agent (D) .
     
    9. The antifouling coating composition according to any one of Claims 1 to 8, wherein the dehydrating agent (D) is at least one selected from the group consisting of calcium sulfate, hydrolyzable group-containing organosilanes, zeolites, alumina, silica and orthoesters.
     
    10. The antifouling coating composition according to any one of Claims 1 to 9, further comprising a rosin (E).
     
    11. The antifouling coating composition according to any one of Claims 1 to 10, which is a one pack coating.
     
    12. An antifouling coating film formed from the antifouling coating composition described in any one of Claims 1 to 11.
     
    13. An antifouling substrate comprising a substrate and the antifouling coating film of Claim 12 disposed on a surface of the substrate.
     
    14. The antifouling substrate according to Claim 13, wherein the substrate is an underwater structure, outside shell of a ship or a fishing gear.
     
    15. A method for producing an antifouling substrate, comprising:

    a step of coating or impregnating a surface of a substrate with the antifouling coating composition described in any one of Claims 1 to 11, and a step of curing the antifouling coating that has been caused to coat or impregnate the substrate in the previous step; or including

    a step of forming a film from the antifouling coating composition and curing the film to form an antifouling coating film, and a step of attaching the antifouling coating film onto a substrate.


     
    16. A method of storing an antifouling coating composition, comprising charging the antifouling coating composition described in Claim 11 into a container and storing the composition.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Antifouling-Beschichtungszusammensetzung, umfassend ein Silylester(co)polymer (A) und Medetomidin (B),
    wobei das Silylester(co)polymer (A) Struktureinheiten einschließt, die von einem durch die folgende allgemeine Formel (I) dargestelltem Monomer (a) abgeleitet sind:

            R1-CH=C(CH3)-COO-(SiR2R3O)n-SiR4R5R6     ··· (I)

    [in der Formel (I) sind R2, R3, R4, R5 und R6 jeweils unabhängig eine einwertige organische C1-20-Gruppe, die gegebenenfalls ein Heteroatom aufweist,

    R1 ist ein Wasserstoffatom oder R7-O-C=O (worin R7 ein Wasserstoffatom, eine einwertige organische C1-20-Gruppe, die gegebenenfalls ein Heteroatom aufweist, oder eine durch R8R9R10Si dargestellte Silylgruppe (worin R8, R9 und R10 jeweils unabhängig eine einwertige organische C1-20-Gruppe sind, die gegebenenfalls ein Heteroatom aufweist) ist und

    n 0 oder eine ganze Zahl von 1 oder größer ist].


     
    2. Antifouling-Beschichtungszusammensetzung gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei das Medetomidin (B) in einem Verhältnis von 0,01 bis 50 Gewichtsteilen zu 100 Gewichtsteilen des Silylester(co)polymers (A) vorhanden ist.
     
    3. Antifouling-Beschichtungszusammensetzung gemäß Anspruch 1 oder 2, wobei das Silylester(co)polymer (A) ferner Struktureinheiten einschließt, die von einem mit dem Monomer (a) copolymerisierbaren ungesättigten Monomer (b) abgeleitet sind.
     
    4. Antifouling-Beschichtungszusammensetzung gemäß Anspruch 3, wobei das ungesättigte Monomer (b) mindestens ein ungesättigtes Monomer, ausgewählt aus der Gruppe, bestehend aus Alkyl(meth)acrylaten, Phenyl(meth)acrylat, Benzyl(meth)acrylat, Alkoxyalkyl(meth)acrylaten, Hydroxyalkyl(meth)acrylaten, Metallestergruppen-haltigen (Meth)acrylaten, Organosiloxangruppen-haltigen (Meth)acrylaten und Monomeren, die durch die allgemeine Formel (II) dargestellt sind, ist:

            R11-CH=CH-COO-(SiR12R13O)n-SiR14R15R16     ··· (II)

    [in der Formel (II) sind R12, R13, R14, R15 und R16 jeweils unabhängig eine einwertige organische C1-20-Gruppe, die gegebenenfalls ein Heteroatom aufweist,

    R11 ist ein Wasserstoffatom oder R17-O-C=O (worin R17 ein Wasserstoffatom, eine einwertige organische C1-20-Gruppe, die gegebenenfalls ein Heteroatom aufweist, oder eine durch R18R19R20Si dargestellte Silylgruppe (worin R18, R19 und R20 jeweils unabhängig eine einwertige organische C1-20-Gruppe sind, die gegebenenfalls ein Heteroatom aufweist) ist und

    n 0 oder eine ganze Zahl von 1 oder größer ist].


     
    5. Antifouling-Beschichtungszusammensetzung gemäß irgendeinem der Ansprüche 1 bis 4, wobei R4, R5 und R6 in der allgemeinen Formel (I) alle Isopropylgruppen sind.
     
    6. Antifouling-Beschichtungszusammensetzung gemäß irgendeinem der Ansprüche 1 bis 5, ferner umfassend ein von Medetomidin (B) verschiedenes Antifoulingmittel (C).
     
    7. Antifouling-Beschichtungszusammensetzung gemäß Anspruch 6, wobei das von Medetomidin (B) verschiedene Antifoulingmittel (C) mindestens ein Antifoulingmittel, ausgewählt aus der Gruppe, bestehend aus Kupferoxid, Kupferrhodanid, Kupfer, Kupferpyrithion, Zinkpyrithion, 4-Brom-2-(4-chlorphenyl)-5-(trifluoromethyl)-1H-pyrrol-3-carbonitril, 4,5-Dichlor-2-n-octyl-4-isothiazolin-3-on, Boran-Stickstoff-basierten Addukten, N,N-Dimethyl-N'-(3,4-dichlorphenyl)harnstoff, N-(2,4,6-Trichlorphenyl)maleimid, 2-Methylthio-4-tert-butylamino-6-cyclopropylamino-1,3,5-triazin, 2,4,5,6-Tetrachlorisophthalonitril, Bisdimethyldithiocarbamoylzink-ethylen-bisdithiocarbamat, Chlormethyl-n-octyldisulfid, N,N'-Dimethyl-N'-phenyl-(N-fluordichlormethylthio)sulfamid, Tetraalkylthiuramdisulfiden, Zinkdimethyldithiocarbamat, Zinkethylenbisdithiocarbamat, 2,3-Dichlor-N-(2',6'-diethylphenyl)maleimid und 2,3-Dichlor-N-(2'-ethyl-6'-methylphenyl)maleimid, ist.
     
    8. Antifouling-Beschichtungszusammensetzung gemäß einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 7, ferner umfassend ein entwässerndes Mittel (D).
     
    9. Antifouling-Beschichtungszusammensetzung gemäß irgendeinem der Ansprüche 1 bis 8, wobei das entwässernde Mittel (D) mindestens eines, ausgewählt aus der Gruppe, bestehend aus Calciumsulfat, Organosilanen, die eine hydrolysierbare Gruppe enthalten, Zeolithen, Aluminiumoxid, Silika und Orthoestern, ist.
     
    10. Antifouling-Beschichtungszusammensetzung gemäß irgendeinem der Ansprüche 1 bis 9, ferner umfassend ein Kolophonium (E).
     
    11. Antifouling-Beschichtungszusammensetzung gemäß irgendeinem der Ansprüche 1 bis 10, die eine Einkomponentenbeschichtung ist.
     
    12. Antifouling-Beschichtungsfilm, der aus der in irgendeinem der Ansprüche 1 bis 11 beschriebenen Antifouling-Beschichtungszusammensetzung gebildet ist.
     
    13. Antifouling-Substrat, umfassend ein Substrat und einen Antifouling-Beschichtungsfilm gemäß Anspruch 12, der auf der Oberfläche des Substrats aufgebracht ist.
     
    14. Antifouling-Substrat gemäß Anspruch 13, wobei das Substrat eine Unterwasserstruktur, eine Außenhaut eines Schiffs oder eine Fischereiausrüstung ist.
     
    15. Verfahren zur Herstellung eines Antifouling-Substrats, umfassend:

    einen Schritt zum Beschichten oder Imprägnieren einer Oberfläche eines Substrat mit der in irgendeinem der Ansprüche 1 bis 11 beschrieben Antifouling-Beschichtungszusammensetzung und einen Schritt zum Härten der Antifouling-Beschichtung, die im vorherigen Schritt dazu gebracht wurde, das Substrat zu beschichten oder zu imprägnieren, oder einschließend

    einen Schritt zum Bilden eines Films aus der Antifouling-Beschichtungszusammensetzung und Härten des Films, um einen Antifouling-Beschichtungsfilm zu bilden und einen Schritt zum Anbringen des Antifouling-Beschichtungsfilms an dem Substrat.


     
    16. Verfahren zum Lagern einer Antifouling-Beschichtungszusammensetzung, umfassend das Füllen der in Anspruch 11 beschriebenen Antifouling-Beschichtungszusammensetzung in einem Behälter und das Lagern der Zusammensetzung.
     


    Revendications

    1. Composition de revêtement antisalissure comprenant un (co)polymère d'ester de silyle (A) et de la médétomidine (B),
    le (co)polymère d'ester de silyle (A) incluant des unités structurelles dérivées d'un monomère (a) représenté par la formule générale (I) :

            R1-CH=C(CH3)-COO-(SiR2R3O)n-SiR4R5R6     ... (I)

    [dans la formule (I), R2, R3, R4, R5 et R6 sont chacun indépendamment un groupe organique monovalent en C1-20 ayant éventuellement un hétéroatome,

    R1 est un atome d'hydrogène ou R7-O-C=O (dans lequel R7 est un atome d'hydrogène, un groupe organique monovalent en C1-20 ayant éventuellement un hétéroatome, ou un groupe silyle représenté par R8R9R10Si (dans lequel R8, R9 et R10 sont chacun indépendamment un groupe organique monovalent en C1-20 ayant éventuellement un hétéroatome), et

    n vaut 0 ou est un nombre entier égal ou supérieur à 1].


     
    2. Composition de revêtement antisalissure selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle la médétomidine (B) est présente en un rapport de 0,01 à 50 parties en poids pour 100 parties en pois du (co)polymère d'ester de silyle (A).
     
    3. Composition de revêtement antisalissure selon la revendication 1 ou 2, dans laquelle le (co)polymère d'ester de silyle (A) inclut en outre des unités structurelles dérivées d'un monomère insaturé (b) copolymérisable avec le monomère (a).
     
    4. Composition de revêtement antisalissure selon la revendication 3, dans laquelle le monomère insaturé (b) comprend au moins un monomère insaturé choisi dans le groupe constitué par les (méth)acrylates d'alkyle, le (méth)acrylate de phényle, le (méth)acrylate de benzyle, les (méth)acrylates d'alcoxyalkyle, les (méth)acrylates d'hydroxyalkyle, les (méth)acrylates contenant un groupe ester de métal, les (méth)acrylates contenant un groupe organosiloxane, et des monomères représentés par la formule générale (II) :

            R11-CH=CH-COO-(SiR12R13O)n-SiR14R15R16     ··· (II)

    [dans la formule (II), R12, R13, R14, R15 et R16 sont chacun indépendamment un groupe organique monovalent en C1-20 ayant éventuellement un hétéroatome,

    R11 est un atome d'hydrogène ou R17-O-C=O (dans lequel R17 est un atome d'hydrogène, un groupe organique monovalent en C1-20 ayant éventuellement un hétéroatome, ou un groupe silyle représenté par R18R19R20Si (dans lequel R18, R19 et R20 sont chacun indépendamment un groupe organique monovalent en C1-20 ayant éventuellement un hétéroatome), et

    n vaut 0 ou est un nombre entier égal ou supérieur à 1].


     
    5. Composition de revêtement antisalissure selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 4, dans laquelle R4, R5 et R6 dans la formule générale (I) sont tous des groupes isopropyle.
     
    6. Composition de revêtement antisalissure selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 5, comprenant en outre un agent antisalissure (C) autre que la médétomidine (B).
     
    7. Composition de revêtement antisalissure selon la revendication 6, dans laquelle l'agent antisalissure (C) autre que la médétomidine (B) est au moins un agent antisalissure choisi dans le groupe constitué par l'oxyde cuivreux, le thiocyanate de cuivre, le cuivre, la pyrithione de cuivre, la pyrithione de zinc, le 4-bromo-2-(4-chlorophényl)-5-(trifluorométhyl)-1H-pyrrole-3-carbonitrile, la 4,5-dichloro-2-n-octyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one, des adduits à base de borane et d'azote, la N,N-diméthyl-N'-(3,4-dichlorophényl)urée, le N-(2,4,6-trichlorophényl)maléimide, la 2-méthylthio-4-tert-butylamino-6-cyclopropylamino-1,3,5-triazine, le 2,4,5,6-tétrachloroisophtalonitrile, le bisdithiocarbamate d'éthylène de zinc de bisdiméthyldithiocarbamoyle, le disulfure de chlorométhyle et de n-octyle, le N,N'-diméthyl-N'-phényl-(N-fluorodichlorométhylthio)sulfamide, les disulfures de thiurame de tétraalkyle, le diméthyl-dithiocarbamate de zinc, le bisdithiocarbamate d'éthylène de zinc, le 2,3-dichloro-N-(2',6'-diéthylphényl)maléimide et le 2,3-diochloro-N-(2'-éthyl-6'-méthyl phényl)maléimide.
     
    8. Composition de revêtement antisalissure selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 7, comprenant en outre un agent déshydratant (D).
     
    9. Composition de revêtement antisalissure selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 8, dans laquelle l'agent déshydratant (D) est au moins choisi dans le groupe constitué par le sulfate de calcium, les organosilanes contenant des groupes hydrolysables, les zéolites, l'alumine, la silice et les orthoesters.
     
    10. Composition de revêtement antisalissure selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 9, comprenant en outre une colophane (E).
     
    11. Composition de revêtement antisalissure selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 10, qui est un revêtement à un seul composant.
     
    12. Film de revêtement antisalissure formé à partir de la composition de revêtement antisalissure décrite selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 11.
     
    13. Substrat antisalissure comprenant un substrat et le film de revêtement antisalissure selon la revendication 12 disposé sur une surface du substrat.
     
    14. Substrat antisalissure selon la revendication 13, dans lequel le substrat est une structure sous-marine, l'extérieur de la coque d'un navire ou d'un engin de pêche.
     
    15. Méthode de production d'un substrat antisalissure, comprenant :

    une étape d'enduction ou d'imprégnation d'une surface d'un substrat avec la composition de revêtement antisalissure décrite selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 11, et une étape de durcissement du revêtement antisalissure recouvrant ou imprégnant le substrat de l'étape précédente ; ou incluant

    une étape de formation d'un film à partir de la composition de revêtement antisalissure et de durcissement du film pour former un film de revêtement antisalissure, et une étape de fixation du film de revêtement antisalissure sur un substrat.


     
    16. Méthode de conservation d'une composition de revêtement antisalissure, comprenant le chargement de la composition de revêtement antisalissure décrite selon la revendication 11 dans un conteneur et la conservation de la composition.
     




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