From the surface, the unusual hull configuration of the Air Supported Vessel is hidden (Image: Effect Ships International AS)
Bottom view of an Air Supported Vessel hull undergoing tank testing (Photo: Effect Ships International AS)
Air Supported Vessel hull undergoing tank testing in Sweden (Photo: Effect Ships International AS)
The Air Supported Vessel uses a cushion of air to increase speed and improve efficiency (Image: Effect Ships International AS)
A European project is developing new Air Support Vessel (ASV) hull designs that allow watercraft to ride on a cushion of air to greatly reduce friction between the hull and the water, resulting in more hull speed for less power than conventional designs. The project is part of a EUR10,000,000 (approx. US$13,225,000) project funded in part by the European Union, the Norwegian Research Council and Innovation Norway, and Norwegian company Effect Ships International AS has recently completed tank-testing in Sweden of two ASV hull models.
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