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Aerodynamic Assessment of Complex 3D Ice Shape Replications

Journal Article
ISSN: 2641-9645, e-ISSN: 2641-9645
Published June 10, 2019 by SAE International in United States
Aerodynamic Assessment of Complex 3D Ice Shape Replications
Citation: Puffing, R., Hassler, W., Neubauer, T., Kozomara, D. et al., "Aerodynamic Assessment of Complex 3D Ice Shape Replications," SAE Int. J. Adv. & Curr. Prac. in Mobility 2(1):15-27, 2020,
Language: English


This work introduces an approach allowing the detailed replication of ice shapes generated in icing wind tunnels, with a special focus on complex and strongly varying ice structures, e.g., ice feathers or residual ice stemming from incomplete removal of accreted ice by ice protection systems. 3D-scans are used as an input for the manufacturing process of the ice shape replica. The manufacturing approach itself is based on additive techniques using semi-flexible materials. In contrast to existing replication techniques, this approach allows also clean areas between ice-covered surface locations. In the present paper, a quality assessment based on the comparison of the lift coefficients of real and corresponding artificial ice shapes is presented.