United Technologies adopts de-icing tech co-developed at MIT Featured

    United Technologies Corp.’s subsidiary UTC Aerospace Systems is commercializing carbon nanotube-based de-icing technology co-developed by MIT Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Brian L. Wardle and Metis Design Corp., according to a press release.

    “This technology strengthens UTC Aerospace Systems capability to deliver the most innovative solutions for aircraft ice protection systems," says Dr. Mauro Atalla, Vice President, Engineering and Technology, Sensors & Integrated Systems, UTC Aerospace Systems.

    The de-icing system uses nanostitch technologies to weld carbon nanotubes to a wing. The electrically conductive nanotubes are heated to melt away ice.

    Under a licensing agreement with Metis, UTC Aerospace Systems will integrate the new CNT technology at its facility in Uniontown, Ohio, with support from Metis Design in Boston and the United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford, Conn.

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