ESR 1: Understanding supercooling effect on wetting and ice adhesion

University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan (Italy)

Researcher: Luca Stendardo

Supervisor: Carlo Antonini

Project goals:

  • Design and setup the test rig for combined wetting and ice adhesion tests.
  • Evaluate the supercooling effect on surface wetting parameters.
  • Evaluate the supercooling effect on ice adhesion on a variety of icephobic of single drops.
  • Validate cross-correlations with outputs from: (i) MD simulations, performed at KU Leuven, in the group of prof. David Seveno; and (ii) other ice adhesion tests performed at TU Darmstadt (prof. Ilia Roisman) and in an icing wind tunnel facility (possibly at Airbus).
  • Complete validation of physical models as input for numerical simulations.