Experimental study on the effect of biomimetic tubercles on the drag of a flat plate

Ravenna, Roberto and Marino, Alessandro and Song, Soonseok and Atlar, Mehmet and Turan, Osman and Day, Sandy and Demirel, Yigit Kemal (2022) Experimental study on the effect of biomimetic tubercles on the drag of a flat plate. Ocean Engineering, 255. 111445. ISSN 0029-8018 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oceaneng.2022.111445)

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The necessity to improve the hydrodynamic performance of marine vessels has confirmed the urgency of conducting further investigations on biomimetic tubercles. In this work, towing tank tests were conducted at a range of speeds on conveniently prepared flat plates coated with 3D printed humpback whales mimicked tubercles.The results showed that the artificial tubercles induced a drag reduction of up to 1.3% compared to the bare flat plate. Following the experimental campaign presented, some relevant considerations for ship owners and naval architects will be proposed.


Ravenna, Roberto, Marino, Alessandro, Song, Soonseok ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7685-1026, Atlar, Mehmet, Turan, Osman, Day, Sandy ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6798-3468 and Demirel, Yigit Kemal ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6739-4911;