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AIR6232 - Aircraft Surface Coating Interaction with Aircraft Deicing/Anti-Icing Fluids

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Document Number: AIR6232
Project Initiation: 11-06-2012
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Sponsor Name: Marco Ruggi
Title
Aircraft Surface Coating Interaction with Aircraft Deicing/Anti-Icing Fluids
Scope
This SAE Aerospace Information Report (AIR) provides descriptions of test methods for determining if an aircraft surface coating of any thickness has adverse effects on aircraft deicing/anti-icing fluids with respect to fluid holdover time performance and aerodynamic performance. Although not the primary mandate of the G-12 Aircraft Ground Deicing Committee, this document also provides descriptions of suggested test methods for evaluating aircraft surface coatings with respect to durability, hardness, weathering, aerodynamic drag, ice adhesion, ice accumulation, contact angle, and thermal conductivity. These additional tests can provide informational data for characterizing the coatings and may be useful to operators when evaluating the coatings.
Rationale
This SAE Aerospace Information Report (AIR) provides a description of screening methods for verifying whether aircraft surface coatings have adverse effects on aircraft deicing/anti-icing fluid performance as published in the holdover time guidelines. The surface coatings include thin film coatings, typically less than 1 mil (0.0254 mm) thick and sometimes called paint sealants or protectants, as well as bulk coatings that are typically greater than 2 mils (0.0508 mm) thick. Although recommended performance criteria have been outlined, ultimately, the interpretation of the test results outlined in this document will be left to the discretion of the aircraft operator.
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