Multidisciplinary Approach for the Implementation of new Technologies to prevent Accretion of Ice on aircrafts
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Development and characterization of novel de-icing systems with low power consumption, composed by polymeric paints additivated with active particles based on Joule effect or magnetic induction heating processes

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Objective A

Development and characterization of novel de-icing systems with low power consumption composed by polymeric paints additivated with active particles AIMPLAS will be focused on the development of hateable coatings based on Joule effect, while AIN will develop systems based on magnetic induction effect.

One of the envisaged de-icing systems to be developed in this research project are coatings with heating processes based on Joule effect or magnetic induction by means of the deposition of polymeric coatings additivated with different electrically conductive or magnetic nanoparticles respectively. One remarkable advantage apart from their intrinsic heating features is the use of a common polymeric paint employed in aeronautics that complies with the different required standards. Additionally, the easy implementation of the coatings supposes a clear advantage with respect to other resistive systems currently employed.


Development and characterization of durable and scalable anti-icing coatings based on different strategies. AIMPLAS will evaluate additivities on coatings for superhydrophobicity and their behaviour as anti-ice and study the synthesis of compounds that mimic the anti-freeze behaviour of some proteins found in nature. On the other side INTA and UPNA will focused on the development synergetic effect of organic-inorganic layers by sol-gel, and hard metallic-polymer compound materials, respectively.

The passive systems for anti-ice protection investigated in MAI-TAI are going to be based on a polymer matrix (polyurethane PU) and mostly on the combination of two concepts, concretely low-E polymers and nanoadditives with the aim to obtain superhydrophobicity together with a minimum sliding angle. These solutions combine the principal advantages of the two strategies and allows to modify chemically the polymeric matrix and at the same time to control the nano- and micro-rugosity of applied coating and hence to reduce contact angle, increase hydrophobicity and to provide ice-phobicity to the treated surface.


Development and characterization of synergy effect in hybrid Ice protection systems (IPS), by the combination of the most effective active and passive proposed previously by all partners.

As it was previously mentioned, one of the main objectives of the MAI-TAI project is the obtention of icephobic materials or coatings which main features should be energetic efficiency and higher durability with respect to the already implemented systems in aircrafts. For this purpose, a third general objective is proposed, focused on the merging or combination of these properties in a multilayered or hybrid system. The main goal of these novel coatings will be the reduction of the amount of power needed for the ice prevention and ice accumulation in comparison with the de-icing systems alone.


Development of a novel testing methodology completely based on icing metrics to be used as selection criteria defined by all partners, which allows to compare the efficiency of all the IPS typed: active, passive and hybrids, using common parameter. Finally, to evaluate the ice adhesion on dynamic conditions a new test will be develop by the joint work of INTA and AIMPLAS.

For the development of new technologies it is essential to know the characteristics of our system. Therefore, is essential to evaluate the ice protection systems by means of laboratory tests in similar conditions to the real ones that allow to demonstrate the mitigation of the formation of ice, the favoring of its detachment or the reduction of the necessary energy for these purposes. The greatest difficulty lies in generating supercooled water droplets with a MVD in the order of microns. In addition, the conditions of speed and LWC must also be reproduced.



Paterna (Valencia)


Pamplona (Navarra)


Torrejón (Madrid)


Cordovilla (Navarra)



  • A. De-ice heateable coatings
  • B. Anti-ice passive coatings
  • C. Hybrid systems
  • D. IPS Characterization and Ice adhesion evaluation

News / Events

2nd GA Meeting – Pamplona

2nd GA Meeting – Pamplona

We continue with the execution of the MAI-TAI project, a project financed by the Ministry of Universities in the 2018 Research Challenges call. MAI TAI's objective is to develop new formulations for anti-ice coatings and new de-icing systems that allow avoiding and alleviating the formation of ice in parts of the aeronautical sector. On February 12 and 13, the meeting corresponding to month 6 of execution of the project was held at the facilities of the Navarra Industry Association, in which an informative seminar on the progress made was also held. have been seeing throughout the first annuity of the project. This conference is a perfect instrument to dynamically bring the results of the project closer to companies within the aeronautical sector, their main stakeholders.

Consortium members: Universidad Pública de Navarra, Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial, Asociación de la Industria Navarra, AIMPLAS · Instituto Tecnológico del Plástico.

Other entities attending the event: AIRBUS SPACE AND DEFENCE, SOGECLAIR aerospace, Aernnova Aerospace, Siemens Gamesa, Doppelmayr Cable Car.

At media

Nuevas soluciones tecnológicas para prevenir la formación de hielo en aviones

Nuevas soluciones tecnológicas para prevenir la formación de hielo en aviones

01/12/2020 - Plast21



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