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TKS ice protection systems
Article Type: Materials From: Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology: An International Journal, Volume 81, Issue 6
CAV Aerospace recently announced that they are working with Kilfrost to bring an eco-friendly icing fluid to the market. This is the “next chapter” according to the company, and it believes because of current political reasons that this product will be very important.
Kilfrost Incorporated is developing the eco friendly mixture. It is manufactured from feed corn where it is fermented to extract glucose. The glucose is then shipped to Kilfrost's manufacturing facilities where it is turned into Types I and IV deicing fluid. Compared to the current fluid, the new fluid is said to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40 per cent, and is a renewable, sustainable product. Its biodegradable, and in seven days, 90 per cent of the fluid is completely biodegraded.
CAV Aerospace is working to certify the new product in their new and existing systems. Kevin Hawley noted that they have not certified their systems with a new fluid type and that some work lies ahead.