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Divinycell-cored Flying Boats to Transform Maritime Transportation

22 July 2014

Divinycell-cored Flying Boats to Transform Maritime Transportation

Chinese manufacturer CSIC (Hainan) WIG Craft Development uses DIAB’s Divinycell H80 cores in its crafts.


DIAB explains a WIG (wing in ground) craft is a boat that cruises just above the water surface (around 15 m above the sea), thereby reducing hydrodynamic drag to a minimum. By flying so close to the surface, the WIG generates a cushion of air that it rides on, using much less fuel than ordinary aircraft. It does not require fixed runways and is exceptionally safe and friendly to the environment due to low use of energy and exchange of fluids with the sea.

DIAB states the Chinese manufacturer CSIC (Hainan) Wig Craft Development specialises in the development of WIGs that can carry maximum seven people, including the pilot, and have a range of 40050 km.

For all main structures of the boat, CSIC (Hainan) Wig Craft Development uses DIAB’s Divinycell H80. The company claims this reduces weight by 15% when compared to traditional monolithic structure; increases load capacity and improves structure stiffness and sound/heat insulation. H80 helps the whole structure of WIG to withstand the dynamic load such as water impact load during the taking off and landing from and onto the water surface.

DIAB also states Divinycell H80 increases the buoyancy of the WIG, which means the boat can float even if it becomes damaged.

Photo provided by DIAB.





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