TsAGI specialists have finished testing the anti-icing system of an unmanned aircraft
13 December 2016
The specialists of the Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute named after professor N.E. Zhukovsky (TsAGI, part of the National Research Center „Institute named after N.E. Zhukovsky”) have finished a test series of the electropulse anti-icing system of a long-haul unmanned aircraft. The tests were conducted on the TsAGI’s icing simulator, as per the contract with the Kronshtadt group.
The goal of the research was to estimate the system efficiency under reference conditions of icing. The experiment was held at the flow temperature of 0 to minus 20°С under exposure to supercooled water drops similar to those found in clouds. TsAGI specialists revealed specific features of ice formation and removal by the system.
The series of tests has confirmed that the anti-icing system ensures the efficient protection of an unmanned aircraft and meets the established requirements.
„We announce without exaggeration that the pioneer research was successful,” said Aleksey Miller, the Head of the Department for Aerothermodynamics Testing of Hypersonic Aircraft and Rocket-and-Space Equipment of TsAGI. „This is the first time in Russia when the bench tests of an unmanned aircraft have been carried out in reference conditions of icing developed specially for this type of aircraft.”
The Kronshtadt group anti-icing system for an unmanned aircraft is intended to be applied on an airframe aircraft made of polymer composites, including unmanned platforms. The system allows extending applicability of an aircraft, covering a wide range of climatic conditions and geographic zones, including arctic regions.