SMOOTHProject ID: 31392
Sustainable methods for optimal design and operation of ships with air-lubricated hulls
Total cost:EUR 2 525 000
EU contribution:EUR 1 437 750
Topic(s):SUSTDEV-2005-18.104.22.168.4 - Research domain 2.2 (only for a new generation of products and systems in waterborne transport), research domain 2.3 (for all types of transport vehicles and vessels excluding passenger cars), research domain 2.4 and research domain 2.6.
Call for proposal:FP6-2005-TRANSPORT-4See other projects for this call
Funding scheme:STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
The strategic objective of SMOOTH is to cover all aspects of air-lubricated ships still requiring research and assessment to enable the technology transfer of air-lubrication into daily European shipbuilding and operation practice of both inland and coastal navigating ships. The PELS project, a Dutch national project, demonstrated a positive overall energy win is achieved in all operational conditions of a ship when air lubrication is applied. Based on these findings, the SMOOTH consortium estimates that ship efficiency improvements up to 20% will be feasible. The consortium of SMOOTH consists of leading European research institutes and industrial partners from seven different European countries, each of them with unique skills, either as knowledge providers, top hydrodynamic labs and universities, end-users or air-system and maritime paint suppliers, to contribute to the successful implementation of air-lubricated ships. SMOOTH aims at a considerable reduction of fuel consumption, CO2 discharge with at the same time improved safety by applying new, vanguard technologies. The application of this promising technique will strengthen the position of European shipbuilders compared to their Asian competitors. Two important factors in ship safety are manoeuvring and stopping performance. As with air-lubricated ships frictional resistance of a ship can be influenced by switching on and off the air-lubrication, the stopping performance of ships can be improved noticeably. For example in cases when there is danger of collisions and groundings,sometimes leading to severe environmental pollutions. Besides the global dissemination of results, controlled dissemination of sensitive project results is enabled by the installation of a Supervisory Board, supporting the control of the running project by interested end-users and being exclusively legitimated to receive the results of the research.
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