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Bubbles Could Make Cargo Ships More Efficient

Cargo ships could start traveling through clouds of bubbles as a means for increasing their efficiency. Air lubrication consists of visit our site how much is cialis injecting air into the generic indian viagra water underneath a ship to reduce the friction, which should allow the cialis price 100 mg ship to travel faster while using less fuel.

Naval engineers are looking at the tradeoffs between the energy needed to blow air bubbles underneath ships and viagra online shop in uk the benefits in increased efficiency this would provide. At present, they believe this could lead to good choice cialis without prescription online increased fuel efficiency of 5 to 20 percent for freighters.

This technology is likely to make its first appearance on freighters on the Great Lakes, rather than on ocean-going cargo vessels. "Great Lakes ships tend to have large, flat bottoms – an ideal shape for the technology because air stays underneath the ship instead of bubbling to the surface." However, if it brings efficiency improvements, it can be expected that air lubrication will be adapted to new ocean freighters.

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via: Midwest Energy News

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written by Corban Saezer, January 17, 2012
The technique's name is Supercavitation, which was explored as a way to make torpedoes "fly" underwater as if in midair. Good to viagra made in india know it's being used for commercial purposes.
already long time ago...
written by Seppo S., January 20, 2012
In some experiments with replica viking ships, it was noticed that their lapstrake construction forced some air into the underwater portions, possibly giving them small speed advantage. Although I have not seen any thorough investigation or such about this, it sort of stands to reason...
Ships don't float on bubbles.
written by Tom Burnett, January 25, 2012
They float on water. They sink in bubbles.
not supercavitation
written by Sapoty Brook, January 27, 2012
Supercavitation involves creating a cavity (vacuum) around the vehicle with a shockwave, not bubbles of air, its different. Its more playful, possibly even colorful? Anyway its a step in the right direction... airships.
Bubbles bursting?
written by Robert, June 14, 2012
I wonder like how they will prevent the bubble from bursting? I mean bubbles tend to do that, I could imagine one lasting for long, and what if a fish bumps into it? Or am I imagining it wrong and it's actually the kind where its just air being blown out in all directions?

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