Topical Symposium 1
Ice accretion constitutes a severe issue for several sectors, including aeronautics, maritime, power transmission, wind turbines, off-shore oil platforms and construction, among others. It hinders operation and reduces efficiency posing significant economical and safety concerns, sometimes with catastrophic consequences. Extensive effort has been devoted to tackling this crucial yet challenging issue. Different ice protection technologies are presently in use, still, most of them have inherent bad effects such as high energy consumption, increased weight, a negative environmental impact, and the need for frequent reapplication. Surface engineering can provide a better alternative by reducing or eliminating ice accumulation on one hand and the other can contribute to simplifying the current de-icing systems by facilitating ice detachment once it is formed. Engineering the surface chemistry, surface texture, or mechanical properties of the surface have shown promise, and limitations. Accordingly, there is a lack of consensus in the scientific community about the best surface engineering strategy for tackling the ice accretion problem. For many industries, mechanical resilience and long-term performance requirements are additional constraints requiring cutting-edge research and a greater understanding of ice-surface interactions. This topical symposium aims to bring together the growing number of researchers working in this field employing different strategies, materials and methods in an attempt to reduce ice accretion by surface engineering, while at the same time trying to gain a better understanding of ice growth, accretion, adhesion, and detachment mechanisms.
TS1. Invited Speakers:
- Hadi Ghasemi, University of Houston, USA, “On Nanoscale Physics of Ice Shedding Coatings”
- Anne Kietzig, McGill University, Canada, “Penguin-Inspired Anti-Icing Surfaces”