ESR 13.

Theodoros Dimitriadis

SuSoS-FTE technologies
Sunbury-on-Thames, UK

theodoros.dimitriadis@fttechnologies.com

Project title:
Development of icing strategy for wind sensors

Supervisor:
Tanmoy Maitra

Starting date: 01/09/2021

About him:

“I received my bachelor’s degree in Physics at the University of Ioannina in Greece with a strong interest in polymer science. I received his master’s degree in Experimental Condensed Matter and Materials Physics at RWTH Aachen University in Germany. My Master’s thesis was in collaboration with Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China. During this time, I got the opportunity to work as a research assistant at Leibniz institute for interactive materials and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology in Aachen. I had been involved in projects that focused on polymers for engineering applications, phase change materials for next-generation non-volatile memories and neuromorphic computing devices, and laser ablation of bone tissue for neurosurgical applications. In September of 2021, I joined the ”SURFICE”, a European project, and started my Ph.D. Based at FT Technologies Ltd and being a Ph.D. researcher at the Graz University of Technology, the aim of his work is focused on the development of an icing strategy for ultrasound wind sensors. The application for a position as an ESR working in the SURFICE project was initiated by the very stimulating project description, surface technology, materials, training, and network. The project offers the opportunity to improve my knowledge about green surface technologies and the importance of ice-free surfaces while working together with the leading scientists and taking part in a variety of training”

Goals in the project:

Research into an environmentally friendly surface technology that is implemented on ultrasonic wind sensors so that they function reliably under aggressive environmental conditions such as icing, rain, etc. The project aims to identify various coatings by characterizing commercially available hydrophobic coatings, designing organic coating polymers for sensor applications, and evaluating coating performance using ASTM, DEF-STAN, and ISO standard tests. It also aims to reduce the heating requirement for the existing active strategy used in the wind sensors and introduce a new passive strategy that reduces ice nucleation and adhesion. Development of fundamental concepts and their application to prototypes and considerations for the use of this technology in large-scale production. State-of-the-art technologies are used for this project, in collaboration with leading universities in Europe. The results of this project are used in wind sensors in various applications and mainly will be used as controllers for wind turbine markets.