Phase 1 – Shortlist and testing of solutions in Q3 2018
Phase 2 – Implement into a commercial product before Q4 2019
The solution will potentially be applied in large volumes in a global growth market.
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Anti-Icing Surface Treatment for Aluminum
NineSigma, representing a leading consumer goods manufacturer, invites proposals for solutions or technologies that prevent ice formation and the further accumulation of ice on aluminum surfaces in a protected environment.
NineSigma’s client, a leading consumer goods manufacturer, is seeking to find surface treatments that prevent the formation of ice on heat exchangers. The heat exchangers are used in a protected environment without the presence of any significant shear forces. While in the protected environment, the heat exchanger surface will always be between 0°C and -30°C. Certain parts of the heat exchangers are currently made from bare aluminum, a material known for its excellent heat transfer properties.
However, when being used over an extended period of time, ice may form on the aluminum surface and may impair the optimal heat transfer performance of the aluminum. For this reason, our client is looking for any type of surface treatment that can be applied to non-flat aluminum and which prevents the formation of ice without the need for external shear forces. Solutions that allow simple removal of the ice layer are of interest too.
The objective of this RFP is to find solutions that primarily prevent the formation of ice onto the aluminum surface or that allow the easyremoval of the formed ice, in a protected environment in consumer goods.
Key Success Criteria
The successful solution hasto:
Prevent the formation of ice onto aluminum or should facilitate the removal thereof
Prevent ice formation down to -30°C
Be applicable in a closedenvironment
Be applicable to flat and non-flat surfaces
Does not interfere with the heat transfer capacity of aluminum
Be suitable for massproduction (thousands per shift)
Be dry to the touch shortly after application (a few minutes max)
Be stable over a period of 15 years (dozens of heat exchanger temperature cycles per day)
Possible approaches include, but are not limited to: