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
- 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.