Air Induced friction Reducing ship Coating

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 technology 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).

AIRCOAT aims to introduce a game-changing hull-coating and validate its potential to reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency, by

  • Reducing frictional resistance
  • Reducing emission of pollutants
  • Reducing biofouling
  • Designing application and production procedures
  • Improving public awareness of AIRCOAT technology

Please have a look at the explanation of the AIRCOAT technology in the following video:

More information about the project can be found at the project website.