Low–interfacial toughness materials for effective large-scale deicing

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Science  26 Apr 2019:
Vol. 364, Issue 6438, pp. 371-375
DOI: 10.1126/science.aav1266

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Easy ice removal

The accumulation of ice on a surface can lead to hazardous conditions, such as on the surface of an airplane wing or the side of a tall building. Ice adhesion, even to a surface treated to minimize the bonded force, will usually depend on the amount of surface coverage. Golovin et al. compared strength-limited deicing with toughness-limited deicing. Whereas normal deicing materials focus on minimizing the adhesion strength, the authors show that if a material is designed with low-adhesion toughness, deicing is no longer a function of the coverage area.

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