An Effective and Durable Icephobic Coating for Turbomachinery Inlet Components

An Effective and Durable Icephobic Coating for Turbomachinery Inlet Components

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-19-C-0025
Agency Tracking Number: N182-115-0227
Amount: $124,925.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2019
Solicitation Year: 2018
Solicitation Topic Code: N182-115
Solicitation Number: 2018.2
Small Business Information
16 Great Hollow Road, Hanover, NH, 03755
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Francisco Valentin
 (603) 643-3800
 FIV@creare.com
Business Contact
 Robert Kline-Schoder
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Email: contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Creare proposes to develop novel icephobic coatings for F-35 turbomachinery inlet components. Our baseline approach explores the use of two easily applied silicone-based coating technologies specifically engineered for challenging lift fan and engine compressor geometries. Our integration leverages Creares decades of advances in turbomachinery development with the advanced aerospace coating expertise of two of our partners. We will work with turbomachine original equipment manufacturers to develop and demonstrate this technology. Our innovation will significantly reduce the use of engine anti-ice and de-icing systems, and improve aircraft performance and safety in icing conditions. In Phase I we will demonstrate coating characteristics to prevent ice buildup in a sophisticated icing wind tunnel to simulate inflight icing conditions. This will guide development of innovative strategies for coating the surface of complex geometries. Phase II will test full-scale turbofan engine inlet components in an environmentally controlled, low-temperature research facility.

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