"The main objective of the IceAge project is to develop and evaluate a number of alternative – and highly innovative – icephobic coatings used as associated to low power electromechanical deicers.
This goal will be achieved through two activities:
• The development of durable and effective icephobic coatings that will facilitate and maintain laminar boundary layers on aerodynamic surfaces. These coatings will reduce ice adhesion on nanotextured coatings deposited on the leading edge of the wing.
• The design of these coatings will be optimised by modelling and associated characterisation tests.
The high-speed airflow over aircraft can contain sand, water droplets, insects, ice crystals and other particles, and there thus exists a significant challenge to produce protective coatings resistant to this environment. Erosion resistance will therefore be evaluated in IceAge project.
The multi-disciplinary approach will yield technological improvements beyond the state of the art through a structured, but innovative, research strategy. A comprehensive set of relevant tests will be performed, including ice friction and force tests and comparative snow erosion tests.
Finally, upscaled samples will be delivered to be tested in association with electromechanical deicers in collaboration with the call initiators."
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