Wind Tunnel Experiments with Anti-Icing Fluids
An experimental methodology for investigating the effects of anti-icing fluids is presented in this paper. A wing model was designed, fabricated, and instrumented for testing anti-icing fluids in a wind tunnel facility. In addition, a video capturing method was developed and used to document fluid behavior during simulated takeoff tests. The experiments were performed at the Wichita State University 2.13-m by 3.05-m (7-ft by 10-ft) wind tunnel facility with two pseudoplastic fluids representative of Type IV anti-icing fluids. The experimental data obtained included fluid wave propagation speeds, chordwise fluid thickness distributions as a function of time, and boundary layer velocity profiles for the clean and fluid contaminated wing model at select chordwise stations. During simulated takeoffs with initial fluid depths of either 4 mm or 2 mm, the fluids were observed to thin in the forward (upstream) regions of the wing model and accumulate in the aft regions.