3 December 2017
BioWin – HoloCancer
20 November 2016

ICING : Icing Mitigation Studies and Technology with Applications to Security Systems

Study of smart anti-icing system for aeronautical applications
Start/end dates
July 2015 – June 2018
Icing is a debilitating issue for many systems in military and security in other areas such as energy. For example, icing of various components of marine vessels as a result of sea spray is a serious issue during winter months or when operating in higher latitudes, e.g. arctic sea (an area of growing strategic importance given the climate change).

Icing can also negatively impact communication equipment (e.g. dishes and antennas) on land during winter months, and power generation systems such wind turbines. On air, helicopters, airplanes have traditionally benefitted from anti-icing systems, but systems for UAVs need attention/development. Seeking energy security has derived an increasing number of NATO and non-NATO countries to explore for gas and oil in sea, and potentially in arctic region. Icing of exploration platforms is an issue that requires solutions to ensure safe operations. Given the broad impact of icing, the proposed project addresses a number of key priorities for SPS, i.e. security-related advanced technology, and energy security.

  • Smart device capable of detecting the formation of ice in real time as well as counteracting icy spots in an energy- efficient way
  • Identify which is the minimum amount of ice perceptible by the sensor
  • Team




    • Royal Belgian Navy