airglide™ air lubrication systems
From Concept to Operation
Airglide’s engineers and project managers have the ability to take an Airglide™ Air Lubrication System from early concept design to completed installation using in-house resources, without the need for third-party services. This results in an efficient design process with reduced cost and product delivery time for our clients.
The design process for an Airglide™ ALS system is outlined below.
1. FIRST IN FLEET — INITIAL DATA COLLECTION
The first step in an Airglide™ ALS installation is working together with the client to identify which of their vessels would benefit most from an air lubrication system. Once a vessel is selected, a CAD model of the vessel is developed and operational performance data collected. This data provides Airglide engineers with the hull geometry and operational factors for concept design.
2. INITIAL CFD MODELING
The hull form is analyzed with CFD to determine the original resistance characteristics. The results are compared with the operational data to ensure the model is accurate. Airglide engineers also use the results of these analyses to target air injection points for initial ALS tests.
3. ALS MODELING AND FLOW CHANNEL TESTING
Using CFD, Airglide conducts analyses to determine optimal air injection locations and flow rates. Testing is conducted in our purpose-built Boundary Layer Test Laboratory to validate these CFD models and improve solution accuracy.
4. AIR SYSTEM DESIGN
The air supply system is designed to minimize parasitic losses and leverage existing ship equipment wherever possible, to minimize cost to the client. The compressor or blower will be selected for each Airglide™ ALS installation to ensure that the efficiency of the entire system is optimized within the operational envelope set forth by the client.
5. PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Airglide employs its team of experienced project managers to oversee the installation of the Airglide™ ALS system. These project managers are backed by the same engineering team responsible for the system’s design, ensuring it is installed to specifications. Keeping the entire process from concept to installation in-house within the Airglide team ensures smooth and efficient workflow while maintaining cost control and maximizing system performance.
6 // CONTINUED MONITORING AND SUPPORT
After a first-in-fleet ALS installation is complete, vessel performance data is continuously collected to determine the effectiveness of the system in various operating conditions. Airglide engineers will analyze this data and work with the client to identify potential improvements for follow-on Airglide™ air lubrication systems installations.
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