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Increasing UAV Operating Performance in Atmospheric Icing Conditions


​Norwegian University of Science (NTNU) & UBIQ Aerospace

wanted to study ice accretion phenomena on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in controlled icing wind tunnel conditions and improve a UAV icing protection system called D-ICE.



Atmospheric icing is a hazard for UAVs. Ice build-up on wings and propellers may lead to losing control of the UAV.



Researchers have visited VTT icing wind tunnel to learn about physics of ice accretion on UAV airfoils. An electrothermal icing protection system for UAV has been developed by NTNU and UBIQ Aerospace and tested at VTT.



The test results will be used to validate numerical simulation tools. These results will help to increase effectiveness and efficiency of D-ICE.