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Marine Vessels

Sea spray icing is a serious hazard for marine operations in cold regions. Many ships and lives have been lost when ships sank, or became disabled, after the accretion of ice on decks and superstructures. Large amounts of ice can raise the center of mass on a ship enough to result in a catastrophic loss of stability. Capsizing, extreme rolling and/or pitching, and topside flooding can occur as a result of the loss of stability and extra weight from the ice burden. The problem is particularly dangerous for smaller ships, such as fishing vessels, because they are more likely to be exposed to sea spray and a relatively smaller amount of ice is required for destabilization. SurfEllent's new anti-icing coating allows the consumers to remove ice from the vessels with minimal force (< 1kPa), while maintaining the coat durability regardless of the number of times used.

Power Transmission And Generation

Extreme and fluctuating weather conditions, including high humidity, freezing temperatures, and ice storms can cause ice to form on power lines. Ice weight can put a lot of stress on power lines and damage equipment. In windy conditions, icy lines can whip violently and gallop, causing tie wires to break, wood poles and cross arms to snap, and even steel towers to crumple. In addition to this power transmission application, SurfEllent's coatings can also be applied to power generation assets, including wind turbines, to prevent ice buildup on the leading edges of turbine blades.

AEROSPACE

Ice typically builds up when tiny cloud droplets impact and freeze on the leading edges, or front surfaces, of planes, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The ice alters airflow over the wing, tail, prop, and/or turbine blades, reducing the lift force that keeps the plane in the air, lowering maneuverability, and increasing drag. Icing problems are usually dealt with by spraying temporary coatings like propylene glycol to prevent ice formation, supplemented with other active de-icing techniques. With SurfEllent, we have designed a new permanent anti-icing coating to prevent ice accumulation on the airplane while in flight.