Air Conformal fibre optic Ice Detection System (ACIDS) aims to develop and test a system in an icing tunnel which is capable of detecting the presence, thickness and type of ice accreted on the leading surfaces of rotary and fixed wing aircraft. The system will be capable of directly measuring ice formation on the leading surfaces, raise an alarm and automatically activate the de-icing cycle. The capability of the system is aimed at reducing engine power demand diverted to de-icing procedures in difficult flying conditions and hence substantially contributes to the safety of the aircraft. The project is an SME initiative as a follow-up to a CRAFT project, bringing together European SMEs, major European helicopter and aircraft manufacturers and research institutes to work on a safety aspect of aviation which crosses national and company boundaries and addresses a growing and critical safety issue.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
LE13 0RG Melton Mowbray
IP6 8EJ Ipswich
LU2 9NQ Luton