Foiling future and the Wageningen Φ-series JIP proposal
MARIN’s main research objective is to develop new concepts for foiling vessels (possibly combined with a foil integrated electric propulsion system), advanced controls and deforming lifting foils. We carried out several test campaigns; to highligth the feasibility of foiling solutions for heavier cargies and to gain undestanding of the implications of the control system choices (2018) , and to determine the lifting characteristic in unsteady conditions, both in cavitating and non-cavitating conditions (2019).
The research programmes have emphasised the need for detailed knowledge about foil characteristics and their effect on the safe, comfortable and efficient operation of foiling craft at sea in unsteady conditions. That is why we have proposed a Joint Industry Project to provide insight into the performance and dynamic control in unsteady conditions by the development of a systematic foil series, named Φ-series.