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January 2002

Icing work wins NASA award

The Aircraft Icing Project Team, which comprises scientists from RAP and other institutions, has been honored with a prestigious NASA Turning Goals Into Reality (TGIR) award for "helping to eliminate icing as a safety issue for aircraft."

 
NCAR members of the award-winning Aircraft Icing Project Team include (clockwise, from upper left): Marcia Politovich, Ben Bernstein, Frank McDonough, and Scott Landolt. (Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

The team, which is led by the NASA Glenn Research Center, has developed an ice accretion computational tool (known as LEWICE) that aircraft manufacturers use to reduce design time and lower certification costs. The scientists have also investigated multiple remote-sensing technologies to detect icing conditions aloft, and they are developing new ice-management systems that will help plane crews respond to hazardous icing conditions.

RAP has played a pivotal role for the team by issuing forecasts that guide research airplanes into especially severe icing conditions, thereby gathering more data on in-flight icing. RAP scientists also analyze the characteristics of droplets and ice crystals—information that ultimately will enable scientists to build training tools that simulate icing conditions.

The RAP members on the Aircraft Icing Project Team are Ben Bernstein, Scott Landolt, Frank McDonough, Matt Meister, and Marcia Politovich. The team also includes scientists from NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Army, seven universities, three engineering firms, the Air Line Pilots Association, the Meteorological Service of Canada, and the National Research Council of Canada.

“It’s good to be part of this team and to be recognized for what we’re doing,” says Marcia. “We don’t all work on exactly the same things, but we’re working very closely with a lot of these people. This is a wonderful thing.”

•David Hosansky


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