Ice formation and accretion present serious, sometimes catastrophic, safety issues in industrial applications where the use of composite components has already become common, e.g. wind turbine blades, aircrafts, UAVs, but also in the case of electric and telecommunication infrastructure as well as other composite and metal constructions exposed to supercooled water droplets, both on the ground and in the air. The IceMan project focuses on applications for UAVs but it has a great potential for transferring the foreseen results to wind turbine blades and other applications.


The IceMan project aims to develop waterborne polyurethane coatings using different methods to fulfil requirements of icephobicity. Applying an innovative approach to simulation and modelling should make it possible to design and fabricate icephobic surfaces with improved functionalities. It should also give a better understanding of the ice accretion process on different coatings and modified surfaces, which in turn is expected to provide the ability to develop durable and effective surfaces with icephobic features sufficiently reducing water and ice adhesion as well as slowing down ice nucleation, thereby enabling supercooled water droplets landing on the surface to be removed before freezing.


Main tasks 

  • WP1
    Development and synthetization of chemical additives and hybrid materials with functional surface modifications:

    • leader: SINTEF
  • WP2
    Coatings fabrication and testing:

    • participants: SINTEFMSP INNTECH
  • WP3
    Laser surface modifications:

  • WP4
    Modelling of droplet-surface interface in different conditions:

    • participant: SINTEF
  • WP5
    Heating system upscaling and evaluation of its efficiency with anti-icing coatings – proof of concept:

    • leader: SINTEF


The proposed developments will constitute a good alternative for the presently used electro-thermal active systems, reducing or eliminating the need to consume electric power in order to achieve the de-icing effect. Taking into consideration future application in industrial environments, all methods will meet demands regarding economy, environmentally friendly practices and industrial-scale applicability.

Coordinator and Partners

The POLNOR Programme

The Norway Grants and the EEA Grants represent Norway’s contribution towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.

Through the Norway Grants and the EEA Grants, Norway contributes to reducing social and economic disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with beneficiary countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. Norway cooperates closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). Together with the other donors, Norway has provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014.

Norway Grants are financed solely by Norway and are available in the countries that joined the EU after 2003. For the period 2014-2021, the Norway Grants amount to €1.25 billion.

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