Ice Shear Adhesion Strength Measurement Techniques; The Controversy over U.S. Airport Security Measures in the United States

Jeong, Michael, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Norton, Peter, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia
Loth, Eric, EN-Mech/Aero Engr Dept, University of Virginia

How can the safety of air travel be improved?
Anti-icing coatings can reduce ice accretion on airplane surfaces, preventing power loss in flight. Icing tests were conducted in the Compact Icing Research Tunnel (CIRT) at the University of Virginia. Ice adhesion strength in shear on metals and on an in-house coating, SLIC, was observed under varying conditions. Ice adhesion was much lower on SLIC than on metal surfaces Researchers should study shear adhesion strength on composite materials and other icephobic coatings.
Some recent security measures at U.S. airports have been controversial. Critics have charged that some techniques invade privacy or exacerbate discrimination. Employees of the Transportation Security Adminsitration (TSA), the American Civil Liberties Union, airports, and screened passengers have complained, at a cost to TSA’s reputation. Effective airport security techniques must earn the confidence of the flying public.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
Airport Security, Ice Adhesion, Shear Strength

School of Engineering and Applied Science
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Technical Advisor: Eric Loth
STS Advisor: Peter Norton
Technical Team Members: Michael Jeong

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