Durable Ice-Repellent Coating for Planes, Cars, Ships


University of Michigan researchers have created a durable ice-repellent coating that could help keep everything from airplanes to ships, power lines, and windshields ice-free. The new coating is made of common synthetic rubbers like polyurethane. It is more durable and less expensive than earlier ice repellent coatings and ice slides off with only the force of gravity or a light breeze. The researchers believe they have made some of the lowest ice adhesion materials as well as some of the most durable ice-phobic materials that have ever been produced.