De-icing: the unique properties of graphene
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De-icing: the unique properties of graphene

De-icing: the unique properties of graphene


Scientists from the US at Rice University have invented a substance prevents the formation of ice on the wings of the aircraft. Through the use of new technology expert intends to 70% lower cost of maintenance preflight air service equipment, and in fact, to make the aircraft invulnerable even to very low temperatures, which in turn in a certain way will also impact on flight safety.



At the moment, experts have already successfully tested a new substance based on graphene, applying a certain amount to the blades of a helicopter and testing it under the most realistic conditions. According to the experiment, the helicopter blade, untreated with the composition, was 65% covered with a thin layer of ice, however, in the case when the substance was applied to the blade, the experts were able to detect only 1-2% icing of the total processing area.



As the scientists note, the new anti-icing agent is made on the basis of graphene using a number of inexpensive additives, while it does not require virtually no cost in its production. Moreover, in fact, the composition has high adhesion, and requires its replacement or repeated application only through 2-2,5 thousands of flight hours. Despite the fact that the anti-icing composition was tested only on the helicopter blade, the experts do not doubt its efficiency and when applied to the wing of the aircraft, which in turn ensures that the aircraft will be ready to fly even if there is a sharp cooling.

It is assumed that if the new technology could prove itself, it will significantly reduce the costs of airlines in the winter.


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