The hybrid thin-film coating developed in this proposed Phase I effort can be incorporated into NASA's Sensor Integrated Environmental Remote Research Aircraft (SIERRA), whose key mission is to perform remote sensing and atmospheric sampling of isolated or inaccessible regions on Earth. Furthermore, the proposed innovation will also benefit manned aerial vehicles such as the P-3 Orion and next generation aerial vehicles (N+2 or N+3) that are being jointly developed by NASA and Boeing. The proposed technology will be primarily used on the leading edge of the aerial vehicle, other structural and airframe components that are susceptible to ice accretion, as well as engine components.
The proposed hybrid thin-film coating has many commercial and industrial applications such as the aviation, communications, shipping, power generation and transmission, construction, and alternative energy industries. The proposed hybrid thin-film superhydro/icephobic coating can be integrated into communication towers, satellite dishes, trains, outdoor heavy machinery, commercial aircrafts, windmills and solar arrays, power lines, maritime vessels, and bridges.