Research Area: Future Development and Operations

Icephobic windows for applications in oil-gas detection systems.

Project Number: 6604
Project Duration: 1st January 2016 – 31st December 2017

Project Director: Bodil Holst
Division Head: Kjetil Skaugset


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Undesired formation of ice and frost on surfaces leads to adverse economic and energy issues and safety hazards in many components of modern outdoor infrastructures. For the oil industry icing of surfaces is a challenge when operating under harsh conditions in the North Sea. Although research on icephobic or anti-icing has been carried out for decades, ice related damage to materials remains a major issue. Superhydrophobicity that is the property of a material to repel water has been achieved through various methods. However, superhydrophobic surfaces are not always icephobic as the mechanism of water and ice adhesion are different. Recently, new insights into the icing phenomenon have been provided and bio-inspired anti-icing strategies are introduced. This project involves the design of icephobic surfaces for use as optical windows in low temperature environments (T < 5 oC). Optical windows with such properties hold a great potential in a wide range of applications in the oil industry.





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PostDoc: Naureen Akhtar

E-mail: Naureen.Akhtar@ift.uib.no
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