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Ice-Release Coatings and Materials


Ice accumulation is a serious problem for industries including aerospace, wind energy, power utilities, telecommunications, commercial fishing, and marine activities. Current methods of ice prevention and removal are mostly active methods that include energy intensive heating, labor intensive mechanical removal and environmentally unfriendly chemical de-icing fluids. These methods are economically inefficient, and are fundamentally unsuitable for certain applications. Thus, a need exists for effective passive methods such as low ice-adhesion coatings that provide easy release of accumulated ice.A great deal of contemporary research and development on passive ice protection methods focuses heavily on the conventional thinking of water repellent superhydrophobic / low surface energy surfaces, which have been proven ineffective against ice accumulation. Many superhydrophobic materials are often reliant upon micro-structured surfaces to achieve their intended effects. Not only are these surfaces are expensive to fabricate and fragile, but they are counterproductive in many icing conditions. Ice release materials based on a fundamentally different model of ice adhesion have been developed. This model accounts for the contributions of multiple factors to the overall ice release performance of a surface. The developed materials have demonstrated good adhesion to a variety of substrates including aluminum, steel, polyethylene, PVC, and fiber-reinforced composites.


Author: Wei Zhang


Conference: SAMPE Seattle 2017


SKU/Code: SE17--0883

Pages: 11


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