Innovative Rotor Blade Anti-Icing/De-Icing Technologies

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911W6-08-C-0019
Agency Tracking Number: A072-007-0284
Amount: $118,943.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-007
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
143 Hawbaker Industrial Drive Suite #102, State College, PA, 16803
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Roger Royer Jr.
 Applications Engineer
 (814) 234-3437
Business Contact
 Michael Avioli
Title: Vice President
Phone: (814) 234-3437
Research Institution
FBS, Inc. and the Penn State Rotorcraft Center propose the development of a novel ultrasonic guided wave phased array focusing technology for large area anti-icing and/or de-icing of rotor blade structures from a single sensing position. The concept is unique in that it utilizes a phased array actuation approach for ice prevention/removal. The Penn State Rotorcraft Center has recently shown the ability to use ultrasonic guided waves to de-ice aluminum, steel, and composite plate structures. Penn State’s single actuator approach is only capable of localized de-icing which makes field implementation impractical because hundreds of actuators would be needed to de-ice an entire rotor blade. The phased array approach proposed here will allow large area de-icing by using an array of actuators and phasing them to constructively focus energy to a particular point on the surface of the structure (anti-icing) or the structure/ice interface (de-icing) while using high actuation frequencies that will not harm the structure. The focal point could then be scanned, using software, to focus energy to all points on the rotor blade to remove ice or prevent ice formation over a large area from a single actuating position.

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