Abstract

The air lubrication method, which mixes millimeter bubbles into the flow around the hull and reduces frictional resistance, is expected to have a large energy saving effect among a number of marine energy saving technologies. Concerning the frictional drag reduction effect using the air lubrication method, in this study, the frictional drag reduction effect was experimentally investigated for gas-liquid two phase flow considering the influence of inclination and curved surface of the ship bottom. Measurement of local shear stress and measurement of void fraction distribution near the wall surface were carried out and the correlation between local shear stress and local void fraction distribution was grasped.

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