Super Water-Repellent Surfaces: Potential Application to Drag Reduction of Yachts
Ke Zhang, Zheng-Chuang Wang, Ya-Nan Zhang, Fang-Fang Zhang, Yi-Fan Hou and Hu Yan
Affiliation: College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Zhengzhou University, 100 Kexue Road, Zhengzhou 450001, P.R. China.
Keywords: Drag reduction, fractal structure, friction, super water-repellency, wettability, yacht.
We fabricated miniature yachts whose bottoms are coated with different water contact angle-materials, and investigated
on the direct correlation between the water contact angle and the sailing velocity. As a result, the sailing velocity
increased with increasing in the water contact angle of the yacht bottom. We considered that the rough surface of the
yacht bottom, coated with the dispersion containing super water-repellent silica nanoparticles, may decrease contact area
with water, resulting in drag reduction and subsequently increasing the sailing velocity. We also briefly reviewed recent
patents (US0330340 (2010); US8258206 (2012); US6994045 (2006); US20120247383 (2012); CN200780042283 (2011);
CN201110396837 (2011); CN201110167924 (2011); CN201010555247 (2011); WO2012015700 (2012)) on drag reduction
by super water-repellent surfaces in this paper.
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