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NASA Develops Test Tool for Icephobic Coatings

Thursday, November 30, 2017

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NASA has developed a new tool to evaluate icephobic coatings for aircraft, which can help address issues that can be caused in the air.

According to the space agency, when ice builds up on an aircraft’s body or engine, it can change the shape of the wing, or cause an outright engine stall. Icephobic coatings working in conjunction with an ice protection system could help prevent these issues from happening on future flights.

This is where the Icing Research Tunnel comes into play.

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Engineers working at the IRT at the NASA Glenn site are using the tunnel to test the latest icephobic coatings, in addition to developing new test methods.

“We are developing test methods that are repeatable and controlled, so coating developers will be able to walk away with significant data on the effectiveness of their anti-icing surfaces,” NASA Glenn researcher Eric Kreeger said in a news release from the agency.

Kreeger went on to say that the IRT is the best place to test new coatings, as the facility allows researchers to create a number of different ice conditions, ones that can be found at different altitudes by adjusting cloud conditions, humidity, winds and temperatures.

   

Tagged categories: Environmental Controls; icephobic; NA; NASA; North America; Research and development

Comment from VCBud Jenkins, (12/1/2017, 12:58 PM)

It would have been nice to see the ice not sticking to one of the panels.


Comment from Michael Halliwell, (12/4/2017, 11:19 AM)

VCBud, I think that's the whole point...they are testing icephobic coatings...not every one of them will be successful. Nice to see a good number of them were successful, though.


Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (12/12/2017, 9:26 AM)

Presumably the one being iced is the control, used to validate the conditions in the test chamber would produce icing on a normal coating.


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