Could we see the World's First Water-Repellent Superyacht?
Researchers at the University of Rochester have recently announced the invention of a new hydrophobic metal, believed to be able to create the world’s first water-repellent superyacht.
The main benefit of a superyacht made of water-repellent metal is that it would be free from the risk of rust and corrosion. With money as no object for a number of the world’s superyacht owners, using this new hydrophobic metal could be a viable option.
The innovative material has been created by marking its surface with lasers, firing for just a quadrillionth of a second. The day when we see a superyacht made of hydrophobic metal may be a long way off, as the team in Rochester gradually experiment with bigger and bigger scale structures. It has however been recognised by some of the biggest superyacht manufacturers in the world as a technology they will be keeping a close eye on.
Watch the metal in action below as water bounces straight off its surface.
Image Credit: University of Rochester
Article by Jack Bartrop