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Smart surface design for efficient ice protection and control

Objective

Icing affects the operational safety of much of our transport and general infrastructure. Although in the last decade there have been promising advancements in surface engineering and materials science, to achieve an effective and sustainable anti-icing technology requires that the physical processes involved in icing are better understood and applied to a rational design of anti-icing surfaces and systems. Furthermore, the arrival of hybrid or fully-electric engines, requires that new technologies also be developed for ice protection purposes suited to these new aircraft types. Already today, all new electric urban air mobility and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) developers and start-ups are experiencing difficulties in finding icing and inclement weather specialists. This is because such training is very specialized and the required skills take years to develop. SURFICE will address both aspects. 13 talented early stage researchers will be trained by an international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral consortium of experts in materials and surface science, physics and engineering.
The project will address three major research objectives: (i) investigate icing physics on complex surfaces to understand and model ice formation, accretion and adhesion; (ii) achieve rational design for anti-icing materials and coatings based on a novel concept of discontinuity-enhanced icephobicity; and (iii) develop new technologies for efficient ice prevention and control. The proposed anti-icing solutions will be directly applied in aeronautics, energy systems and sensor technologies, as well as glass manufacturing and automotive industry through industrial partners. Intertwining surface science and engineering will benefit icing research, but also other innovative emerging technologies, where surface phenomena play a crucial role. Training on scientific, transferable and entrepreneurial skills will complete the CVs of the young researchers providing an innovation-oriented mind-set.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2020
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO-BICOCCA
Address
Piazza Dell'ateneo Nuovo 1
20126 Milano
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 522 999,36

Participants (10)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 505 576,80
Address
Karolinenplatz 5
64289 Darmstadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 303 172,56
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 264 207,24
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 265 619,88
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 256 320
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT SUPERIEUR DE L'AERONAUTIQUE ET DE L'ESPACE
France
EU contribution
€ 274 802,04
Address
Avenue Edouard Belin 10
31055 Toulouse
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SuSoS AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 281 276,64
Address
Lagerstrasse 14
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FAFCO
France
EU contribution
€ 274 802,04
Address
5C Rue Du Point Du Jour
21800 Chevigny-saint-sauveur
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AEROTEX UK LLP
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 303 172,56
Address
Westmead House Westmead
GU14 7LP Farnborough Hants
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FT TECHNOLOGIES (UK) LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 303 172,56
Address
Sunbury House Brooklands Close
TW16 7DX Sunbury-on-thames
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)