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Hovercraft Skirt

No Surprise from NASA






In their consultation seeking email, NASA stated that they still looking for anti-wear skirt materials for hovercrafts, well.., this came with no surprise to us, from NASA to Coast-guards, the Air-cushion skirt materials is a drawback in every operation.

The heavy rear SRN4 for example destroys 21 fingers per week "500 Euros per finger", consuming all the system's fingers of 117 in less than 6 weeks of operation, with a sheer madness damage cost of 10500 Euros for replacing the damaged frictional rubber skirt segments with another vulnerable frictional rubber skirt segments weekly, until the new owners of the SRN4 in Canada Asked Hovercollege to put an end for this dilemma in March 2005, by modernizing the system by it's Patent Pending Hoverfabric, this did not come out of nothing, it came out of 10 years of continuous research, $ 1,000,000 of SR&ED expenditures, and one of the longest periods to build a Ph.D. dissertation, 7 years!, the major result is the Hoverfabric, the first dedicated fabric for hovercrafts and Air-cushion vehicles since the first introduction of the new face of the hovercraft 50 years ago, the main material of the Teflon Skirt with modified PTFE.

Back in the old Hovercraft Skirt materials, with too many problems to handle; by using rubber the main material in car tires to improve stopping because of it's high friction properties, huge amount of Hovercraft Skirt wear, with material resonance causing fluttering effect, ever changing mass load data between materials rubber/vinyl leading to Hovercraft system instability, All old materials are un-floatable resulting sever plough in/ plow in according to the thesis of Dr. Rushwan, it simply happens because the skirt can't ride the wave!, in his thesis he described the Protek of his new technology, Also non pliable Hovercraft generic fabrics specially with so called UHMW, PE, EVA are labeled with bad Water Scooping plus it's bad flame dripping Hazard, losing it's physical properties just over 80* C, and the other common problems of Polyethylene!, beside an easy peeling deferent types of polyurethane you promise yourself a Myth,  also because of the shaky adhesion between Nylon and Vinyl-PVC causing in-substrate bubbles in the summer, cracks in the winter because Vinyl in Hydrophilic, it absorbs water then the water extends into ice destroying both the vinyl adherence and the fabric structure because of the substrate's deferent lengthening / Elongation, both cause un-adequate trimming shape with funny splash all around the hovercraft, the bad reputation of some Known Hovercrafts started with the questionable skirt materials, Also you can add the delay in reaching the hump speed because of the high friction between the skirt material and the water, this drag increases to the extreme just before the hump speed exactly as in breaking the sound barrier, All non-HoverCollege Teflon/PTFE materials failed in reducing this suffering, even Teflon it self through 10 years on HoverCollege research fails after few strokes because it's original low anti-wear resistance, until Dr. Rushwan invented his Modified PTFE HoverFabric low-friction and High anti-wear, you think the Hovercraft skirt problems ended here?, think again, Dynamic Air pressure at high speed exceeds the skirt internal pressure causing deforming the System design and danger the safety of the craft, Dr. Rushwan invented the pressurized HoverEdge Structure methodology to solve this critical concern.

Despite the amazing capabilities of the Hovercraft, short experimenting history comparing to automotive and aviation.  NRC refused supporting this particular HoverFabric research, Dr. Rushwan through Hover College decided taking the risk and carrying all expenses, we have chosen taking the challenge for years!, Dr. Rushwan reported the research as case studies in his Ph.D. Dissertation, and by the end of the seventh year, it is here, the first and only Anti-wear HoverFabric in the world from HoverCollege.

What really matters here, is YOU, our clients and customers, many of you supported the research by buying the first amazing stages of the HoverFabric HoverEdge, and Dr. Rushwan's Thread, furnishing us with your feedback, special thanks to the New Foundland's search and rescue Hovercraft team, bought all the three products and furnished us with awesome anti-wear results, please read their testimonial in the HoverCollege Clients page, this beside many apreciative customers and clients around the world.


This success story we owe it to you, our customer, who trusted us even before success, and Now you can treat yourself for an Amazing Adventure with the HoverCollege new Innovation; The HoverFabric® Teflon Skirt TM, Only from HoverCollege.


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