Slimy Ships Could Easily Cut Through Water Reducing Friction


According to a New Scientist article, container ships could become more efficient with the help of lubricant, says a study conducted by Hyung Jin Sung of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology KAIST.

Borrowing elements from seaweed and fish can reduce drag on ships, a new simulation suggests.

Read how it happens in this article

How will it help?

If ships are to become more environmentally friendly, they need to cut through the water more efficiently and reduce their fuel requirements. One option is to rethink the materials used to build ship’s hulls, given that about 60 to 70 per cent of the reduction of a vessel’s propulsive power comes from friction between the water and the hull.

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Source: New Scientist