Zyvex Technologies finishes testing on a nano-enhanced boat

April 11, 2011 by Katie Gatto, Phys.org weblog
Zyvex Technologies finishes testing on a nano-enhanced boat

(PhysOrg.com) -- Zyvex Technologies, an Ohio-based nano-enhanced products company, has announced that its 54' boat, code name the Piranha, has completed its sea trials. The trials, which took place near Puget Sound in the Pacific Ocean, were the end point of six months of extensive testing. The trial involved a roughly 600 nautical mile rough-weather sea test and showed a record fuel efficiency for the craft.

The was made of nano-enhanced materials, which are significantly lighter than the more traditional materials used in boat construction. Boats made with current generation of aluminum or fiberglass hulls would have consumed 50 gallons or more per hour at the tests cruise speed. The nano-enhanced materials that Piranha is made of kept it light enough to consume only 12 gallons of fuel per hour while cruising at 25 knots.

Zyvex Technologies finishes testing on a nano-enhanced boat

According to the company the materials are also 40% stronger than metals, such as aluminum, which means that the weight reduction will not result in less durable crafts. The material uses is a advanced that has been infused with carbon nanotubes. The resulted in a craft that weighs only 8,400 pounds. When compared to the weight of a craft made of traditional materials, which would weigh 40,000 pounds, one can see how the 75% lighter Piranha quickly becomes a more cost-effective vehicle to operate. The Piranha can travel up to 2,800 nautical miles without stopping to refuel.

The Piranha has finished its testing in time to premiere at the Sea Air Space show, which is held near Washington, DC, on April 11th. Defense contractors will be evaluating the Piranha for use in a variety of unmanned platform applications, which may include anti-piracy, harbor patrol, and oceanographic surveying.

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5 / 5 (2) Apr 11, 2011
I kinda figured the paint job was intended to be "ocean camouflage" since it breaks up the outline really well. The white patches may be a bit over done though.

I can see having some robotic cameras and a mini-gun or rocket launcher on this thing as a good anti-piracy measure which would be more cost-effective than sending a larger, manned vessel.

Oh yeah, we are currently having a new bridge installed near here which is made out of carbon nanofibers. I haven't had a chance to go down and look at it yet, but allegedly it's going to be one of the most advanced "small" bridges in the country...
not rated yet Apr 11, 2011
I'm assuming this is going to be in Ohio?
not rated yet Apr 11, 2011
or, is that Seattle(I was stationed at Whidbey Island at one time as a matter of fact!)?
5 / 5 (1) Apr 12, 2011
it planes nicely, crockett and tubbs will order one
5 / 5 (2) Apr 12, 2011
Really nice tech! I got a name for the ship, 'The Cartel Caravel', or 'Colombian Cruiser'.
not rated yet Apr 12, 2011
@ flashgordon. The testing was done in Seattle, the company is based in Ohio.
not rated yet Apr 12, 2011
Clearly this will be eagerly sought by cashed up drug runners.
With a 2800 mile range they would be able to outrun all other boats.
How do you avoid such a problem?
not rated yet Apr 13, 2011

I was refering to the nanotube bridge quantom conumdrum was talking about; sorry i didn't make that more clear;
not rated yet Apr 14, 2011
It might save fuel,but what is the noise against the hull as it goes through the waves? Have they thought about the amount of internal sound proffing needed on the hull? How do put enough flexible engine vibration dampeners within it to hear?

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