The negative consequences of ice can affect many aspects of people’s lives. Even the simplest tasks like walking or driving can become sensibly more difficult in sub-zero conditions. The same problems affect also large-scale structures and systems that operate in cold regions, like overhead power lines, meteorological instruments, antennas, bridges, or aircrafts. Nanotechnologies can be useful to develop efficient icephobic surfaces, mitigating the adverse effects of icing.
Prof. Carlo Antonini explains the latest engineering strategies and challenges for the fabrication of anti-icing surfaces in the latest edition of “progettare” (ed. 442, November/December 2021).Progettare 442 – November/December 2021