Air Induced Friction Reducing Ship Coating


Efficiency, low fuel consumption and the associated lower exhaust emissions are relevant aspects for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. From modified propulsion technologies to the optimized shape of means of transport, there are countless approaches to reducing fuel consumption. AIRCOAT is targeting one particular aspect in this context: improving the surface finish of ship hulls.

Using passive air lubrication technology, AIRCOAT attempts to simulate a film produced by plants and thus achieve significantly reduced frictional resistance on ship hull surfaces. AIRCOAT expects this to result in a significant reduction in fuel consumption and the associated exhaust emissions. Another effect is that an air barrier prevents biofouling from adhering and reduces the emission of ship noise.

Funded with 5.3 million euros under the EU’s Horizon 2020 research program

Start of the project: May 2018

Expected end: May 2021

In a nutshell

The AIRCOAT project aims to use air lubrication technology to significantly reduce the frictional resistance of ship hulls and thus avoid emissions

Aim of the project

Development of a passive air lubrication technology that uses the biomimetic Salvinia effect to reduce frictional resistance on the ship's hull. In addition to reducing fuel consumption, the air barrier also prevents the adhesion of biofouling and reduces the emission of ship noise.

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