Anti Ice Coatings

Although many tech­nical advances have made civil aviation a wide­spread and safe means of trans­port­a­tion, the phenomenon of icing is still a major safety hazard. For airliners the prob­lem of de-icing was solved long before by means of thermal de-icing with bleed air. However, smal­ler aircraft and the new gener­a­tion of CFC airliners need new de-icing systems.

Furthermore icing is a prob­lem, not only limited to aviation. It strongly effects also wind energy or trans­port­a­tion by ship and rail. Even the common house­hold fridge is effected by icing.

AAC has been invest­ig­at­ing the topic of Anti-Ice coat­ings since 2010. Our approach is twofold:

  • Anti-Ice Coatings
  • Anti-Ice Coatings in combin­a­tion with eg. elec­tro-thermal de-icing

Anti-Ice Coatings are defined as coat­ings where ice exhib­its a low adhe­sion. The force of the own weight or wind shear will subsequently remove the ice from the surface. Ideally icing is also delayed on such surfaces.

These pass­ive anti ice layers can be used also in combin­a­tion with active anti-icing/de-icing tech­no­lo­gies. For example to lower neces­sary release forces for mech­an­ical de-icing systems or thermal de-icing systems. Especially in the latter case, AAC offers to build unique integ­rated systems.

Anti Ice