Beneficiaries from seven academic institutions and two SMEs across Europe
CSIC, INTA, University of Zaragoza, University of Sevilla and EnerOcean (Spain); TECPAR (Poland); IFW-Dresden (Germany), Tampere University (Finland), and Villinger (Austria)
The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) has long-lasting experience in functional films and multilayers and in laser processing methods that have previously applied to control wetting (superhydrophobic and tunable wetting) and anti-icing properties (hybrid and polymeric materials to delay freezing and reduce ice accretion).
Technology Partners Foundation (TECPAR) through the experience gained in numerous EU-funded projects together with large industrial partners provides its expertise in icephobic, composite coatings, and chemically in-house modified aviation external topcoats. It also has strong background in the simulation and modeling of fundamental processes at atomic scale.
The Leibniz-Institute for Solid State and Materials Research (IFW) Dresden investigates material-related topics in the fields of acoustoelectronic and microacoustics, as well as printed microelectronic devices. They address questions such as material properties, increase durability of thin film material systems, technology platforms for versatile sensing and actuation, device design and fabrication, modeling of microacoustic systems and efficient excitation of microacoustic fields.
Ice formation and ice adhesion will be analysed at Tampere University (TAU) with a newly designed icing wind tunnel (IWT) and centrifugal ice adhesion test facilities. The IWT is capable of simulating ice accretion of glaze, mixed and rime ice by both in-cloud mechanism and precipitation icing. Durability will be evaluated with a cyclic icing testing.
Advanced icing characterization will be also carried out at the facilities in the National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA). These experts in aerospace and aeronautics will add the know-how about ice-detection and settle the conditions for SOUNDofICE SAW sensors benchmarking. INTA’s facilities include an IWT, simulating different real icing conditions, an ice adhesion test and several durability tests. Real in-flight tests will close the project assessing performance under real icing conditions in INTA´s experimental aircraft C-212.
Villinger GmbH is an SME specialist in de-icing and anti-icing solutions utilizing the Joule effect and other conventional technologies. It will carry out a comparative assessment of conventional and thermal de-icing/anti-icing with the new (s)AW de-icing/anti-icing systems. The consortium, with assistance of the AdB, is in charge of providing conditions for icing, type of ice, substrates and components for icing tests and for implementing icing models and tests at macro-scales under (s)AW activation.
The engineering company EnerOcean S.L., specialist on wind energy, will check the aging and stability of the (s)AW systems under aggressive environmental conditions and will be on charge on the operating algorithms and construction of the feedback sensor-monitoring system with the assistance of CSIC and INTA.
Advisory Board including Airbus D&S and Isati Aero (Spain) and PZL Mielec (Poland)