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A Silicone-Based Ice-Phobic Coating for Aircraft

Publisher: NuSil Technology LLC
In view of the significant problem faced by the aircraft industry in the event of ice build-up in an engine or on the leading edge of a plane, this paper presents an evaluation of the adhesion strength of ice to several different commercially available ice-phobic coatings. Issues related to the problem of ice build-up and ice control with reference to aircraft industry are detailed and an overview of the various ice-phobic materials is provided. Besides an explanation of unique properties of silicones and the process of developing ice-phobic coatings based on silicone polymers, the paper also reviews the polyorganosiloxane structure and the addition cure mechanism. A list of ice-phobic coatings that are tested for ice adhesion strength is given in the form of a table and the test results are evaluated. Graphical representations of the ice adhesion strength test results are also contained in this paper.
1.2Silicon Chemistry2-3
3.Results and Discussion4-6
6.1Structure of Polyorganosiloxane2
6.2Addition Cure Mechanism3
6.3Figure 34
6.3.1Zero-Degree cone test configuration4
6.3.2Instrumental Sample Pile and Mold in Testing Machine4
6.4.Laboratory Ice Adhesion Test Results for Commercial Ice-Phobic Coatings for Pratt & Whitney5
6.5Ice Adhesion Test Results for Construction Materials and Commercial Coatings from DOA Manual6
6.6Post Conditioning Ice Adhesion Pin Testing at CRREL6
7.1Table 13
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