One of the driving factors of technological development in ship design is the reduction of fuel consumption. One way to reduce fuel consumption is to reduce the total resistance experienced by a vessel. The methods of resistance reduction covered in this document are Air-layer-drag-reduction (ALDR) and Bubble Drag Reduction (BDR). This research, conducted in Webb Institute’s circulating flow channel, investigates the applications of ALDR and BDR to a flat plate. These tests measured frictional resistance at varying air flow volume and angles of trim over a range of flow speeds. Results from these tests offer compelling evidence that ALDR is an effective method of reducing frictional resistance.

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