Possible application fields of Riblets are countless due to the generality of the technology’s physical mechanism. In basically every situation of a turbulent flow, Riblets influence the interaction of the fluid with the interfering surface significantly and offer performance improvements to an extent hardly achievable by other measures. Accordingly, our expertise regarding the development and realization of customized Riblet surface solutions is far reaching and provides you with the opportunity to reduce drag and optimize the flow conditions of your equipment.
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Possible application fields of Riblets are countless due to the generality of the technology’s physical mechanism. In basically every situation of a turbulent flow, Riblets influence the interaction of the fluid with the interfering surface significantly and offer performance improvements to an extent hardly achievable by other measures. Accordingly, our expertise regarding the development and realization of customized Riblet surface solutions is far reaching and provides you an opportunity for drag reduction and optimizing flow conditions of your equipment.
Boost your performance with state of the art Riblet technology
Riblet surfaces are the State of the Art technology within the industrial field of energy, due to the enormous potential for efficiency increases. Adopting the micro structured surfaces, individually designed for the specific application case to reach highest performance gains, brings up to 8% of fluid-dynamic drag reduction. Corresponding benefits of Riblet structures regard the reduction of noise emissions or lowering mechanical stresses which results in an extended life expectancy.
Reduce Power Consumption
Decrease Noise Emissions
Most established is the use of Riblets on wind turbines where an increased power output of 5% is practically achievable. Performance improvements through Riblet structures regarding power generation by wind, gas or hydro turbines, relate in the same way to possible power consumption reductions of pump and compressor systems. Enhanced cost-effectiveness and profitability are in this sense direct consequences of applying Riblets to your facility.
TRANSPORT & MOBILITY
Fuel savings and cut down on CO2 emissions
Riblet surfaces offer direct improvements of the central issues of modern transport and mobility. By the fluid-dynamic efficiency increase and the reduction of drag of up to 8%, immense fuel consumption savings and hereby a large cut down of the associated CO2 emissions are possible. Respective cost savings are apparent and also further benefits as lower noise emissions due to an improved turbulent behavior come along with the use of Riblets.
Cut Fuel Consumptions
Reduce CO2 Emissions
Lower Noise Emissions
The widest applications of Riblet surfaces in transport and mobility can be found in aviation. Fuel savings, range extensions, CO2 savings and cabin noise reductions form a strong use case for an extensive adoption. Also in the field of high-speed trains Riblet surfaces promise major improvements. Reducing the power consumption up to 5% at speeds around 250 km/h relates to significant economic advantages. Within shipping, which is known for its high fuel consumptions, Riblets can be applied to the ship’s propeller to benefit from efficiency increases regarding the naval propulsion system or to the ship’s hulk to achieve reductions of its fluid-dynamic friction. Additional effects like anti-fouling properties of riblet surfaces involve substantial advantages within naval technology.
Compete and win with Riblets by minimizing drag
While the motivation for utilizing Riblet surfaces in sports or in other applications may vary, the physical effects and advantages of using the technology in distinctive fields correspond to each other. Reducing fluid-dynamic drag yields to higher achievable top speeds and higher average speeds. Our experience and competence regarding the effective use of Riblets in sports is not restricted to experiments, but demonstrated by prestigious successes in competitions.
Reduce Fluid-Dynamic Drag
Increase Top Speeds
Raise Average Speeds
Achievements in motorsports regard numerous victories in the DTM where time advantages of up to 0.3 seconds per lap by the application of Riblets were measured on track. Successfully established is the technology in air racing, where the efficiency of an air race aircraft can be increased by up to 4%, resulting in a velocity increase of up to 1.56%. Restraining flow separations and delaying stall through Riblets imply not only performance improvements, but lead to safety advancements. Further possible application fields of Riblets in sports are various, ranging from air racing, to solar boat racing, to rowing competitions.
Moving towards a sustainable future With smart industrial solutions
As the principle physical effect of Riblets to reduce fluid-dynamic drag can be exploited in various distinct cases of relative movement between a fluid and a solid surface, the different possible industrial applications of Riblet surfaces are extensive. Depending on the specific use case, the technology’s effectiveness and therefore its potential for cost savings and increasing profitability can be far reaching.
Increase Flow Rates
Enhance Cost Effectiveness
Decrease Noise Emissions
A specific application with an immense potential for performance improvements through Riblet surfaces are pipework systems in general. Practical efficiency increases near to the theoretical exploiting potential of up to 8% by the reduction of fluid dynamic friction are possible. Enormous savings in operating costs are viable by reducing pipe friction. Noise emissions resulting from turbulent flow conditions can be lowered accordingly. Other applications and possible performance improvements concern for instance flywheels, centrifuges or combustion processes. In the sense of efficiency increases and reduced energy consumption, Riblets are a powerful tool to encourage sustainability of industrial facilities.