HANNOVER MESSE 2020,
20 - 24 April
HS Bremen, B-I-C
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.
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.
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.
An der Hochschule Bremen ist die Bionik-Forschung des B-I-C eng verzahnt mit dem Studiengang Bionik (Internationaler Studiengang Bionik (B.Sc.) / Bionik: Mobile ...