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AIRCOAT – Friction Reducing Ship COATing


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HS Bremen, B-I-C

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Exhibitor details
Logo AIRCOAT – Friction Reducing Ship COATing
Development status
Under development
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Bioinspiration and Biomimetics
The naturally occurring Salvinia effect allows the Salvinia floating fern to breath under water by keeping a permanent layer of air. Inspired by this phenomenon, the AIRCOAT project intends to implement this effect on a self-adhesive foil system. It is therefore a prime example of a biomimetic application where understanding a natural phenomenon inspires and directly leads to technical innovation.

AIRCOAT project
The Air Induced friction Reducing ship COATing (AIRCOAT) project aims to develop a passive air lubrication technology inspired by the Salvinia effect. Applying the AIRCOAT Solution to ship-hull surfaces will produce a thin permanent air layer when submerged in water. This will reduce the overall frictional resistance while acting as a physical barrier between water and the hull surface. In addition to reducing energy consumption, the air barrier will inhibit the attachment of maritime organisms (biofouling).
The three-year project received a total grant of 5.3 million Euros from the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 framework addressing the topic Innovations for energy efficiency and emission control in waterborne transport.

Consortium partners
Coordination: Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services CML, Scientific Management: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT, a total of 10 partners from 6 EU countries.
• AquaBioTech Group, MT
• Avery Dennison Materials, BE
• Biomimetics-Innovation-Centre (B-I-C), City University of Applied Sciences Bremen, DE
• Danaos Shipping, CY
• Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), FI
• Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services (CML), DE
• Hamburg Ship Model Basin (HSVA), DE
• Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), DE
• PPG Coatings Europe BV, NL
• Revolve Water, BE

The AIRCOAT project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 764553.
Twitter: @AIRCOATProject

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