Innovative Concepts for Non-Thermal Based Anti-Icing/De-Icing of Rotor Blade Leading Edges

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$69,825.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
N68335-08-C-0298
Solitcitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Number:
2008.A
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2008
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N08A-013-0016
Solicitation Topic Code:
N08-T013
Small Business Information
AKRON AIR MATERIALS, LLC
411 Wolf Ledges, Suite 105, Akron, OH, 44311
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
809253060
Principal Investigator
 Fred Choy
 Professor
 (330) 972-6847
 fchoy@uakron.edu
Business Contact
 Rudolph Scavuzzo
Title: President
Phone: (330) 666-6196
Email: RSCRUD@aol.com
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF AKRON
 Fred Choy
 Mechanical Engineering
University of Akron
Akron, OH, 44325 3903
 (330) 972-6847
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This proposal aims at the development of a low-power deicing system using the newly developed magnetostrictive alloy as functional materials, namely the Ni-Mn-Ga alloy. Present studies have shown that the Ni-Mn-Ga smart alloy does not require excessive input power to operate while an impulsive strain of over 5% can be generated under a load of over 1 Mpa. When power is applied to the solenoid around the functional material, strain is produced by the Martensitic transformation of the alloy and will exhibit a sudden volumetric expansion resulting in a substantial impulsive force. Finite element models will be generated to determine the necessary impulse force/strain required to de-bond the accreted ice. By installing actuators in series along the rotor blade structure and activated sequentially, surface accreted ice can be de-bonded effectively. As the surface area of leading edge in the rotor blade is relatively small, miniaturized design and fabrication technologies will be applied to fabricate the de-icing devices to be attached to the blade surface. While the proposed deicing system will be jointly developed by the University of Akron and Akron Air Materials, LLC., the prototype will be tested in the icing wind tunnel at Goodrich Deicing Division.

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