The carbon emissions of the current merchant fleet account for more than 3% of the global emissions and are expected to increase by a factor of 3 by 2050. There is an urgent need to develop novel flow control mechanisms to decrease the hull resistance and novel wind-assisted propulsion systems to decrease the oil fuel consumption.
Offshore sailing has become one of the sports allowing the highest revenue boost to local economies. For instance, the direct and indirect financial impacts of the America’s Cup on the hosting region are only 20% lower than the impact of the FIFA World Cup. Research on yacht engineering allows supporting the nautical industry and promoting high-quality green and sport values.
Theme leader: Ignazio Maria Viola
Research areas within this research theme:
- Windships, yachts, windsurfs, wingsurfs, kitesurfs, foils
- Hydrodynamics of hulls and appendages
- Aerodynamics of sails, wings, and Flettner rotors
- Performance prediction and optimisation