The proposed integrated deicing system directly supports NASA's continued interest in inflight icing hazard mitigation technology for aircraft. Existing and next generation aircraft, including N+2/N+3 aircraft as well as vertical lift and unmanned systems, will benefit from the technology as it will help enable all-weather operation, reduce weight and lower power consumption. The baseline active deicing system, upon which the proposed technology is based, is already being used on several commercial and military aircraft. Success in the proposed effort will advance the capabilities of the active deicing system. It will also serve as the basis for future deicing systems that incorporate a passive coating working in conjunction with an active deicing system.
Ice accretion on aircraft structures is a common aviation danger. Under non-icing conditions air flows smoothly over the airfoil and creates lift. Ice buildup on aircraft?s leading surfaces disturbs laminar airflow, leading to increased drag and decreased lift. Consequently, aircraft icing degrades performance and controllability and significantly increases pilot workload and aircraft fuel consumption. The proposed anti-ice nanoscale coating has the potential to drastically reduce the ice adhesion and/or prevent ice accumulation on surfaces in inclement weather conditions. The coating technology being developed in this program can be applied to military and commercial aircraft. Additionally, the coating can also find use in satellite dishes, transmission lines, wind turbine blades, communication towers, and train cars. The market presents an opportunity for NEI Corporation to develop and sell a nanotechnology based coating formulation.