The “Icephobic” term is an analogy with the word hydrophobic which means slight affinity or no affinity with water. For an icephobic material, the water is either in a supercooled state or solid state. Theoretically, an icephobic surface should prevent the ice from accumulating on surface or/and reduce the ice adhesion on a substrate.

Atmospheric ice adheres and accumulates to the structures causing numerous problems, among others, in the followings:

  • Aviation transportation (aircraft and rotorcraft)
  • Electrical transportation and distribution
  • Wind turbines
  • Telecommunications
  • Roads
  • Marine and offshore

Icephobic material should be efficient in a wide range of icing conditions, durable, easy to apply and inexpensive. AMIL can evaluate icephobic materials for various static, dynamic and aerodynamic performance tests.