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Air conformal fibre optic ice detection system

Air conformal fibre optic ice detection system

Objective

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.

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Coordinator

FOUNDATION OF RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY - HELLAS

Address

Vasilika Vouton
71110 Iraklion

Greece

Administrative Contact

Eleftherios ECONOMOU (Professor)

Participants (8)

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AOS TECHNOLOGY LTD.

United Kingdom

CAMBRIDGE OPTICAL SCIENCE LTD

United Kingdom

EADS CORPORATE RESEARCH CENTRE

Germany

EUROCOPTER DEUTSCHLAND GMBH

Germany

GKN AEROSPACE TRANSPARENCY SYSTEMS - LUTON

United Kingdom

HELLENIC AEROSPACE INDUSTRY LTD

Greece

UNIVERSITY OF IOANNINA

Greece

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK

Ireland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: G4RD-CT-2001-00612

  • Start date

    1 January 2002

  • End date

    31 July 2005

Funded under:

FP5-GROWTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 975 964

  • EU contribution

    € 1 617 731

Coordinated by:

FOUNDATION OF RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY - HELLAS

Greece