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).
* Due to delays caused by COVID-19, AIRCOAT was extended by 12 months to the end of April 2022
The AIRCOAT project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement N°764553