Development and evaluation of a novel integrated anti-icing/de-icing technology for carbon fibre composite aerostructures using an electro-conductive textile

Brian G. Falzon, Paul Robinson, Sabine Frenz, Brian Gilbert

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Abstract

The preliminary evaluation is described of a new electro-thermal anti-icing/de-icing device for carbon fibre composite aerostructures. The heating element is an electro-conductive carbon-based textile (ECT) by Gorix. Electrical shorting between the structural carbon fibres and the ECT was mitigated by incorporating an insulating layer formed of glass fibre plies or a polymer film. A laboratory-based anti-icing and de-icing test program demonstrated that the film-insulated devices yielded better performance than the glssass fibre insulated ones. The heating capability after impact damage was maintained as long as the ECT fabric was not breached to the extent of causing electrical shorting. A modified structural scarf repair was shown to restore the heating capacity of a damaged specimen.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-335
Number of pages13
JournalComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Volume68
Early online date27 Oct 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015

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