Our research focuses on icing and its challenges, solutions and understanding of influencing factors. Our main aim is to deep knowledge of icing, find solutions to the challenges and this way, increase performance, safety, usability, cost and energy efficiency. We develop icephobic surfaces and coatings, test icing behaviour and develop testing environment to fulfil the application-related requirements. Also, our research utilizes icing simulation, supporting experimental research. Our research connects material science, surface engineering and icing aspects in order to develop durable future icephobic solutions faced in harsh arctic conditions and environments. Also, we exploit our surface engineering knowledge for developing solutions in other harsh applications, considering reusability, recycling and repairing.
Research focus and goals
Research interests of our research group are the development of icephobic surfaces and coatings, ice accretion and understanding of icing behaviour. The focus point is to study surface properties by utilizing the icing wind tunnel (IWiT) and the centrifugal ice adhesion tester (CAT) together with other surface properties and performances. Coating development is focused on thermally and cold sprayed coatings and material development.
H. Koivuluoto, E. Hartikainen, H. Niemelä-Anttonen, Thermally Sprayed Coatings: Novel Surface Engineering Strategy Towards Icephobic Solutions, Materials, 13, 2020, 1434, DOI: 10.3390/ma13061434
H. Niemelä-Anttonen, J. Kiilakoski, P. Vuoristo, H. Koivuluoto, Icephobic Performance of Different Surface Designs and Materials, IWAIS2019-Proceedings of the International Workshop on Atmospheric Icing of Structures, 23-28 June 2019, Reykjavik, Iceland, 5 p.
H. Niemelä-Anttonen, H. Koivuluoto, M. Tuominen, H. Teisala, P. Juuti, J. Haapanen, J. Harra, C. Stenroos, J. Lahti, J. Kuusipalo, J.M. Mäkelä, P. Vuoristo, Icephobicity of Slippery Liquid Infused Porous Surfaces under Multiple Freeze–Thaw and Ice Accretion–Detachment Cycles, Advanced Materials Interfaces, 1800828, 2018, DOI: 10.1002/admi.201800828
H. Koivuluoto, C. Stenroos, M. Kylmälahti, M. Apostol, J. Kiilakoski, P. Vuoristo, Anti-Icing Behavior of Thermally Sprayed Polymer Coatings, Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, 26 (1-2) 2017, p. 150-160: DOI: 10.1007/s11666-016-0501-x