Development and demonstration of materials and manufacturing process for ultra high reliability electric anti-ice/de-ice thermal layers for high strain rotor blades and helicopter airframe sections

Short Description

The expected outcome of the NO-ICE-ROTOR project is the structural and environmental test validation of an innovative ultra-light rotorblade de-icing system for an advanced tilt civil rotorcraft configuration with high cruise speed, low fuel consumption and gas emission, low community noise impact, and high productivity for operators.

The specific objective of the project is to embed Villinger heater layers in composite structures to provide anti-icing and de-icing capability where safety requirements dictate ultra high reliability, while operating in conditions of high strain and vibration. Structural and environmental testing will be conducted on representative test items consisting of functional heater layers embedded both in the prop-rotor blade and airframe sections of a tilt-rotor configuration intended for civil certification.

Project Partners

  • AgustaWestland
  • Finmeccanica Helicopter Division
  • Villinger GmbH
  • AIT
  • CEST GmbH
  • RTA
  • SIA Aviatest