Ice wind tunnel and durability tests of new developed icephobic coatings for aerospace applications
Objectives: Defining the requirements of the new developed ice-phobic coatings for aerospace applications; perform ice accretion and ice adhesion tests on the coatings in reproducible icing conditions (e.g., as defined in FAR 25 App. C); characterize coating stability and durability with UV exposure, salt spray, rain and sand erosion tests;
Expected Results: This work package aims at doing a thorough characterization of the ice-phobic properties of the LubISS coatings developed according to aeronautic requirements set by AGI/Airbus according to a test matrix all partners must agree upon. An AGI-proprietary ice adhesion test will be applied.
- Characterisation of the overall material properties of the developed coatings with standard surface analysis tools on coupon tests.
- Characterisation of the designed functionalities of the coatings and performance assessment (i.e., reduced ice adhesion or delay of ice formation and growth) with lab-scaled and full-size icing wind tunnel tests and ice adhesion measurements on coupon tests and scaled aerodynamic profiles.
- Develop physical understanding of the main parameters influencing interactions between ice or contaminants and the lubricant impregnated surfaces under close-to-real operating conditions.
- Characterization of the aging/durability of the developed coatings with lab-scaled and full-size icing wind tunnel tests.
For further information please contact:
Prof. Elmar Bonaccurso, email@example.com
Airbus Group Innovations, Munich, Germany