PHOBIC2ICE research project: An international research consortium is formed to respond to a challenging issue of ice formation on aircraft surface. Nine partners located in Europe and Canada are committed to the Project: Technology Partners (Poland), National Institute for Aerospace Technology (Spain), Spanish National Research Council, Airbus Group Innovations (Germany), Concordia University Montreal (Canada), Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal (Canada), Pratt & Whitney (Canada), Plasmionique (Canada), Dema Aeronautics (Canada).
The project is officially launched on 25th February 2016.
Background: The accretion of ice represents a severe problem for aircraft, as the presence of even a scarcely visible layer can severely limit the function of wings, propellers, windshields, antennas, vents, intakes and cowlings.
The collaborative coordinated research was born after an extensive dialogue between Canadian and European experts. The idea of a close cooperation in order to leverage resources, mitigate risks and establish long term relationships between the aeronautics sectors, will benefit all parties involved as well as the civil society.
The activities are mutually funded by the Canadian Aerospace Research and Innovation Consortium (CARIC) and by Horizont 2020.
Objectives: The PHOBIC2ICE Project aims at developing technologies and predictive simulation tools for avoiding or mitigating the accretion of ice on airframe.
Positioning of the project: Some of the ideas presented are already being explored and demonstrated in the laboratory, for example optical sensors system for ice thickness measurement. The purpose of PHOBIC2ICE is to combine and test the ideas of the partners, taking the best coating system to a prototype component that demonstrates not only the concept but the feasibility of scaling up the coating application process.
A number of ongoing or recently conducted research and innovation activities on the international stage are directly linked with the present proposal, and the outcomes of these projects inform the research objectives of PHOBIC2ICE.
Conclusion: PHOBIC2ICE brings together material developers, ice forming testing facilities and end-users who can directly transfer and scale up the project achievements to commercial application.
Coatings and surface treatments will be developed and lab tested. Based on knowledge acquired from the test results (failure modes) and modeling and simulations data, the coatings and/or modified structures will be optimized and again subjected to laboratory tests to quantify the progress.