Air Lubrication Systems from SHIPWRIGHT LLC create a layer of air bubbles beneath the hull of a vessel. This layer of bubbles reduces the drag forces acting on the vessel, meaning less power — and therefore less fuel — is required to drive the vessel.
Air lubrication systems are gaining popularity within the maritime industry. However, there are many complexities and challenges involved in the design of such a system. Additionally, the physical phenomena of resistance reduction provided by air lubrication systems is not fully understood.
Shipwright recognizes that such a system is more than the simple sum of its parts. An efficient air lubrication system must be designed with all of its components and their interactions taken into account.
Specialized Testing FacilitiesShipwright LLC has developed a one-of-a-kind testing facility designed to simulate real-world conditions at the bottom of a ship hull. This facility allows us to analyze bubble interactions with hull plating and to precisely determine the effects of these interactions. Using data acquired from such tests, Shipwright can validate predictions and tune CFD model physics as necessary to develop more accurate and effective solutions.