The ICE GENESIS project is being carried out by a consortium (led by AIRBUS OPERATION SAS) made up of 36 EU and non-EU partners from 10 countries (France, Austria, Italy, UK, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia, Canada and Japan).

Each ICE GENESIS partner offers the multi-disciplinary expertise which is required in order to impact the aeronautical sector and to provide the expertise needed to meet the expectations from the participants, the industry and the European Commission.


AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Austria's largest non-university research organization with more than 1260 employees, is taking a leading position in the Austrian innovation system in the areas of Mobility, Energy, Health, Bio-Resources, Vision, Automation and Digital Safety. AIT is participating in ICE-GENESIS with two centers. The AIT Center for Low-Emission Transport (AIT-LET) focuses its research on novel technologies to realize energy efficient, safe and low-carbon propulsion concepts and systems. The Center for Energy (AIT-EN) uses state-of-the-art laboratory infrastructure and simulation tools to support manufacturers and planners in developing and implementing innovative renewable energy technologies. AIT has long-term experience in coordinating national and European (FP7, H2020) research and development projects and has therefore experienced personnel for all scientific, financial and administrative requirements of the project.

Role in the project

AIT will be partner within WP10. AIT will investigate the dynamics of medium-scale, dense cloud of nature-equivalent, aggregated snowflakes. AIT will implement the new numerical snow models in their 3D CFD tool (ANSYS Fluent/CFX) and perform a preliminary capability assessment.
The activities are supported by the Austrian “SnoWing” side project that contributes the experimental setup, i.e. the cloud chamber for snowflake generation and the baseline snowflakes’ experiment, and with a first experimental dataset on the snowflakes characteristics and behaviour in flow.