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

Roberto Ravenna, Alessandro Marino, Soonseok Song, Mehmet Atlar, Osman Turan, Sandy Day, Yigit Kemal Demirel

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number111445
Number of pages8
JournalOcean Engineering
Early online date9 May 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2022


  • 3D printed biomimetic tubercles
  • flat plate towing tests
  • resistance coefficients
  • experimental fluid dynamics (EFD)


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