Anywhere there is a viscous liquid struggling to slide or ice formation sticking to a surface, LiquiGlide® can help.
Each year, snow and ice storms knock out power for millions of people due to ice build-up on utility lines which causes the cables to give-way. A 1/2 inch accumulation of ice on power lines can add 500 pounds of weight. With every storm, this is a major concern for many communities as it leaves people without heat during the coldest time of the year.
LiquiGlide® could be the solution to this issue that plagues the world each winter. Ice behaves similarly to a viscous liquid. A power line coated with LiquiGlide® would not build-up with ice, thus reducing the risk of power outages during the harshest of weather climates.
Preventing ice build-up is critical for a safe take-off. A plane’s wings are specifically engineered to a particular shape and any alteration to that shape, even less than a 1/4 inch of ice, will disrupt the airflow and make it difficult to create lift during take-off.
Currently, airports combat this build-up by applying heated, deicing fluid just before take-off. Although, it removes any ice and snow that may have built up on the wings, it does not prevent further build-up.
LiquiGlide® could be just the solution to prevent this dangerous build-up of ice. Ice behaves similarly to a viscous liquid. LiquiGlide’s coatings could provide a durable and preventive measure to ice formation on airplane wings.
LiquiGlide’s technology can be applied to condensers in power plants to improve efficiency by increasing the shedding of water droplets. Our coatings create an ultra-smooth surface and reduce the number of nucleation sites and the size of the droplets that can form. Drops as small as 20 microns shed off LiquiGlide® coated surfaces. Faster shedding means a more efficient cooling process.
LiquiGlide® improves shedding on condensers by creating ultra-smooth surfaces and reducing the number of nucleation sites – less nucleation sites means faster shedding. This increased speed would enable significant efficiency gains in the water desalination process.
Invented in the Varanasi Lab at MIT, LiquiGlide® is the only permanently wet slippery surface. No other durable solution makes viscous liquids slide easily.