'Aerodynamic' vessel on water to set new standard in fuel efficiency

A French company claims the vessel is able to accurately predict the "aerodynamic behaviour" of complex shapes, in both steady and unsteady conditions.

Aerodynamic vessel in La Rochelle

A picture taken in La Rochelle southwestern France shows an employee of Aerodynamic Vessels company at work during the building of a new transportation vessel.

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Ready to sail...

The company claims the vessel uses aerodynamics to improve energy efficiency.

The vessel was developed by naval architects and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) specialists.

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Sleek and Stylish

The vessel has a "revolutionary shape" which is able to safely transfer ships weight from water to air.

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Setting new standards

The company claims the required propulsive power depends mostly on the weight carried by the water, pointing to the fact that reducing weight is the key to greater efficiency.

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Aerodynamic behaviour

Using state of the art numerical simulations, the vessel is able to
accurately predict the aerodynamic behaviour of complex
shapes, in both steady and unsteady conditions, the company says.

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