Icephobic Coatings to Reduce Ice Accretion on Composite Structures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-04-M-0078
Agency Tracking Number: N041-084-0712
Amount: $69,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-084
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
TPL, INC.
3921 Academy Parkway North, NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87109
DUNS: 055145320
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Douglas Taylor
 Principal Investigator
 (505) 342-4428
 djtaylor@tplinc.com
Business Contact
 H. Stoller
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (505) 342-4412
Email: hstoller@tplinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The accretion of ice in arctic environments is an expensive problem for the power transmission and microwave industries; the military, whether on land, sea, or in the air; and airlines that operate in blizzard-like conditions. Traditional de-icing relies on physically breaking the ice or using chemicals to melt the accreted ice, which are only temporary solutions. Some coatings have been explored that attempt to prevent the formation of ice on a surface, but many of these are also temporary. TPL proposes a durable coating that will significantly delay the formation of ice on a variety of surfaces. The coating is a molecular combination of organic and inorganic constituents specifically designed to be durable and icephobic. The inorganic component will impart hardness and durability, while the organic part will impart flexibility and icephobicity. The wet-chemically derived coating is easy to apply and has excellent adhesion. Proposed coatings will be evaluated for icephobicity by the Army's Cold Region Research and Engineering Laboratory, which is well-known for their abilities in icing research. Mechanical properties will be tested by TPL, whose investigators have extensive experience and resources in wet-chemically derived coating technology.

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