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Integration of Innovative Ice Protection Systems

Project description

New solution takes flight to banish ice from aircraft components

Ice formation on aircraft structures has long been a concern, leading to decreased performance, increased fuel usage and compromised safety. However, the aviation industry is on the brink of a major breakthrough. The EU-funded I3PS project aims to turn the tide by integrating and testing two ice protection systems. The first uses two-phase heat transport and will undergo rigorous testing in a metallic air intake of a turboprop. The second harnesses electromagnetic induction and is set to be trialled on a wing fixed leading edge and a flap leading edge. Compared to existing solutions using active pneumatic and electrothermal methods, these systems promise significant advancements. Not only do they ensure electrical power efficiency, but also boast cost reductions and streamlined integration processes.


This proposal fits within the framework of aircraft effectiveness constant improvement by reducing fuel and power consumptions. Its ultimate goal is to economically remove ice accreting on aircraft structure critical parts and thus increase reliability and mass saving on the global function. By comparison with the present existing solutions which are based on active pneumatic and electro-thermal means the targeted solutions will enable electrical power consumption, cost and mass reductions and ease the overall integration process.
The subject of this proposal is to integrate and test two innovative ice protection systems in aircraft structures. The first system is based on two-phase heat transport and will be tested in a turboprop metallic air intake. The second system is based on electromagnetic induction and will be tested on a wing fixed leading edge and on a flap leading edge.


Net EU contribution
€ 574 900,00
Route nationale cinq park industriel
6041 Gosselies

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Région wallonne Prov. Hainaut Arr. Charleroi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 58,75

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