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January 2013 story tips from Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Date:1/4/2013

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MATERIALS -- Virtually friction free . . .

Ships of tomorrow could glide through the water with less energy because of a technology developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Pittsburgh. By coating grooves called riblets with superhydrophobic material, researchers can encase ship hulls in a pinned layer of air, allowing them to race through the waves faster while using about half the fuel. Superhydrophobic riblets could impact a wide variety of applications that involve water by decreasing the drag force. The paper was published in the Proceedings of the ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition. [Written by Jennifer Brouner, (865) 241-9515; brounerjm@ornl.gov; media contact: Ron Walli, (865) 576-0226; wallira@ornl.gov]


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