Research and development of sea-skimming WIG craft
CSSRC is the first scientific research institution to study WIG crafts in China. Since 1960s, we have conducted a great deal of theoretical research, experimental research and prototype design and development of WIG crafts under national support. We started from researching the basic principles and succeed in developing six ships for the XTW series alone. Our craft evolve from single-person test boat to 20-seat demonstration ships, from simple glass and steel structure to fully anti-rust aluminum alloy structure, from featuring piston engine to turboprop engine, from sailing in lakes to roaming in oceans. With long-term unremitting efforts, we have gathered rich experience in the theory and test methods, design and construction technology, hull materials and construction technology, and engine installation and maintenance of WIG crafts. Moreover, we made breakthrough in its research, design and application. In May, 2013, WIG Craft Xiangzhou No. 1, a 7-seat single-engine ship made of composite material, was developed successfully. Our achievements were awarded with many national, provincial and ministerial awards. The "902" craft won the Third Prize of National Science and Technology Progress Award in 1989; "XTW-1" received the Gold Medal Award of the 38th World Exhibition of Innovation, Research and New Technology ("Brussels Eureka"); "XTW-4", the "research on hydrodynamic performance of large- and medium-sized WIG craft" and “XTW-5” won the Second Prize of National Defense Science and Technology Progress Award in 2002, 2007 and 2009, respectively.