A Low-Cost In-flight Deicing System for Aircraft

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRS57-02-C-10051
Agency Tracking Number: DTRS57-02-C-10051
Amount: $99,763.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2002
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, 03755
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bruce Pilvelait
 Project Engineer
 (603) 643-3800
Business Contact
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Research Institution
The proposed innovation is a deicing system for aircraft leading edges using a high-efficiency, electrically actuated thin-film elastomer. The entire aircraft industry needs this technology to improve safety while minimizing the overall impact on aircraft weight and fuel consumption. We propose to use a low-cost, electrically actuated thin-film elastomer to break the ice bond in a manner similar to existing air bladder devices. A high-efficiency, electronic controller actuates the elastomer and recovers most of the energy used to break up the ice, resulting in very low, net-power consumption. In Phase I, we will demonstrate the feasibility of using the electrically actuated elastomer to prevent ice buildup on aircraft leading edge surfaces by fabricating and testing a model deicing system, evaluating performance in a sophisticated icing tunnel which simulates in-flight icing conditions, and designing a prototype system for demonstration in Phase II.

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