Ice-Phobic Clearcoat to Improve Aircraft and Pilot Safety

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-C-5601
Agency Tracking Number: F071-116-1132
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solitcitation Year: 2007
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF071-116
Solitcitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
E PAINT CO.
25 Research Road, East Falmouth, MA, 02536
Duns: 933847006
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 M. Alex Walsh
 President
 (508) 540-4412
 alex@epaint.net
Business Contact
 Penn Shade
Title: Vice President/Business D
Phone: (508) 540-4412
Email: penn@epaint.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Novel anti-icing/deicing additives were discovered in Phase I with robust low ice adhesion properties. Coatings formulated with these additives yield smooth, durable, transparent films that control ice accretion and significantly reduce ice adhesion. These coatings are easy to apply and remove by traditional techniques, are zero-VOC and are environmentally safe. Phase II research seeks to optimize these coatings through a series of coating properties, ice adhesion and environmental exposure tests. In Phase II we will down select one or more ice-phobic coating formulations that last at least one year and meet technical performance requirements for aircraft. Toxicity testing is planned to confirm that the proposed ice-phobic coatings are non-toxic. Testing on airfoils in an icing wind tunnel is planned to achieve TRL 6 by the completion of the proposed effort.

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