Goodrich Sensors and Integrated Systems was one of the first companies in the world to utilize an in-house icing wind tunnel. Today, we are one of only a handful of companies in the world with an icing wind tunnel dedicated to test and design research for aircraft ice protection systems. Our icing wind tunnel, which was custom designed in-house to support research and development efforts, continuously operates to support design work, customer programs and academic studies. Varied operational modes and complex instrumentation make our icing wind tunnel capable of ice properties analysis, ice shape casting and drag analysis and routine ice shed testing on varied airfoils and structures. Computers record a variety of data, including high speed and remote control video footage. Expert technicians and engineers can design a test plan and data program for your specific project.
Our microprocessor controlled tunnel achieves sustained test wind speeds of 230 miles per hour at temperatures as low as -30 degrees Celsius. Data acquisition equipment is utilized to record all aspects of the test and test article, as well as high speed video and laser measurement equipment to measure ice thickness and particle size. Goodrich spray nozzles were developed in conjunction with NASA and are capable of creating droplet sizes from 5 to 50 microns and duplicating nearly all conditions of FAR Part 25.