The European and Canadian researchers joined for new anti-ice application for aerospace

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Warsaw, February 25, 2016 – The PHOBIC2ICE trans-national Consortium is pleased to announce the start of the technical activities.

After the launch of the Kick off Meeting held in Warsaw, one of the three Europe-Canada collaboration research projects is now started.

The PHOBIC2ICE project, by applying an innovative approach to simulation and modeling, will enable the design and fabrication of icephobic surfaces with improved functionalities. The project focuses on collecting fundamental knowledge of icephobicity phenomena giving a better understanding of the ice accretion process on different coatings and modified surfaces.

This project presents a unique approach by combining several ice-phobic concepts (TRL 2-3), some of them bio inspired, coming both from Europe and Canada. Some ideas/strategies, including nano-texturing, low surface energy hard and soft materials, provide interventions in advance of when freezing occurs, whereas others will act after ice forms (highly lubricant nanostructured surfaces and functional liquid infusion). On the basis of laboratory test results, the most promising concepts will be evaluated and further combined. In this manner, ice-phobic, erosion- and wear-resistant complex coatings will be jointly developed that employ green processes and materials according to model predictions. Such results will represent a significant improvement over available solutions. In addition, the best PHOBIC2ICE coatings systems will be deposited on full-size component demonstrators, provided by the industrial partners, to prove their potential for commercialization and to understand the implications of the coating application techniques on component industrial manufacturing processes.

The composition of the Research Consortium directly reflects the primary objectives to advance excellence in basic research towards the development and validation of industry-relevant applications in icephobic coatings. The core group of the PHOBIC2ICE project is composed of 9 partners located on two continents, Europe and Canada (5 scientific and 4 industrial partners): Technology Partners Foundation (Poland) is the consortium leader, Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial (Spain), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain), École Polytechnique de Montréal (Canada), Concordia University (Canada), Pratt & Whitney Canada (Canada), Airbus Group Innovations (Germany), Plasmionique Inc. (Canada), and Dema Spa (Canada).

The collaborative coordinate research was born after an extensive dialogue between Canadian and European experts, requiring the close cooperation in order to leverage resources, mitigate risks and establish long term relationships between the aeronautics sectors.

With this aim, several topics of common interest and mutual benefit have been found to address societal challenges such as a worldwide safe and environmental-friendly air transport system, common standards (including for environmental aspects) and win-win situations for technological development.

The activities are mutually funded by the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and by the EU Horizon 2020 Programme.



Jasmine Stuart
Communications Advisor, Engineering & Computer Science Department
Concordia University
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