Topical Symposium 1
Ice accretion constitute a severe issue for several sectors, which include aeronautics, maritime, powerlines, aero-generators, off-shore oil platforms and construction among others. It hinders operation and reduces efficiency posing important economic and safety concerns, sometimes with catastrophic consequences. Extensive effort has been devoted to tackling this crucial yet challenging issue. Several ice protection technologies are presently in use, but most of them have inherent negative effects such as high energy consumption, increased weight, a negative environmental impact, and the need for frequent reapplication among others. Surface engineering can provide a better alternative by reducing or eliminating ice accumulation on one hand and on the other can contribute to simplify the currently de-icing systems by facilitating ice-detachment once it is formed. Another key issue in this field is the lack of understanding of substrate-ice interactions. The scientific community tends to develop super-hydrophobic materials to be used as ice-phobic materials expecting that if super-cooled water droplets rebound, they will not freeze. Nevertheless, an ever-growing amount of experimental evidence indicates that there is no correlation between those two properties.
This topical symposium aims at bringing together the growing number of researchers working in this field employing different strategies, materials and methods to attempt to reduce ice accretion process by surface engineering while at the same time trying to gain understanding of the icing mechanism.
TS1. Invited Speakers:
- Kevin Golovin, University of British Columbia, Canada, “Low Interfacial Toughness Materials for Effective Large-scale Deicing”
- Jianying He, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway, “Ice Adhesion Mechanics and Durable Icephobic Surfaces”