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Investigation of Silicone and Self‐Polishing Bottom Coating for High‐Speed Craft

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Successful operation of high‐speed craft requires close attention to the bottom hull coating system. A new generation of smooth anti‐fouling paints, with no adverse environmental impact, are being introduced to replace the tri‐butal tin (TBT) based coatings, banned in 2003 by IMO convention. This paper presents the results of high speed 2.23 m (7.54 ft) air cushion catamaran model tests with three of these new bottom coatings. The resistance tests show the bottom coatings result in a 2–7% drag reduction over the speeds tested.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2003

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  • The Naval Engineers Journal is the peer-reviewed journal of the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE). ASNE is the leading professional engineering society for engineers, scientists and allied professionals who conceive, design, develop, test, construct, outfit, operate and maintain complex naval and maritime ships, submarines and aircraft and their associated systems and subsystems.
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