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Experimental Study of Deicing Process in an Airfoil Application

[+] Author Affiliations
Pablo Perez Pereira, Luis D. Vilar-Carrasquillo, Gerardo Carbajal

University of Turabo, Caguas, Puerto Rico

Paper No. IMECE2013-64977, pp. V08CT09A003; 5 pages
  • ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 8C: Heat Transfer and Thermal Engineering
  • San Diego, California, USA, November 15–21, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5636-9
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


A customized airfoil for deicing process was designed, built and tested in order to investigate the effect of icing on the airfoil and the process of removing it by heating processed. A numerical simulation was performed to provide more details of the fluid flow characteristics of the presence of the ice and the temperature distribution on the airfoil when it reached the steady state conditions. An experimental setup was developed to measure and record the transient temperature response on the trailing and leading edge respectively. The experimental results suggest that from a minimum temperature of −10°C on the trailing edge, and 0°C in the leading edge with ice on the surface, the time to reach the steady state temperature of 46°C in the leading edge and 38°C in the trailing edge was close to 8 minutes approximately.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME
Topics: Deicing , Airfoils



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