The ICE GENESIS project is being carried out by a consortium (led by AIRBUS OPERATION SAS) made up of 30 EU and non-EU partners from 9 countries (France, Austria, Italy, UK, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, 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.


Cranfield University is one of Britain’s largest centres for postgraduate teaching and applied research, and is the leading British university in terms of its income from industrially and commercially funded research. Our academic and research staff work both nationally and internationally on research and development for the benefit of some 1,500 organisations each year, seeking to enhance economic development and to achieve a better global environment.
Our research benefits from the strong synergy that has been developed between the science, engineering and management disciplines. This provides a powerful combination of skills and capability that ensures both industrial relevance and academic rigour. This complements our state-of-the-art industrial scale research and development facilities that differentiate the Cranfield activity from other Universities. Our research is driven by industry needs and we work with some of the most recognised names in the business – Airbus, Boeing, GlaxoSmithKline, Rolls-Royce, Shell and BP to name but a few. Our research also benefits from major initiatives such as the EPSRC supported Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre, the Integrated Knowledge Centre in Ultra-Precision and Structured Surfaces, the Boeing Integrated Vehicle Health Management Centre of Excellence, the HEFCE supported Cranfield Centre for Competitive Creative Design, the National High temperature Surface Engineering Centre, the Rolls-Royce University Technology Partnership in Surface Engineering, the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Performance Engineering, the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurial Performance and Economics and the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility.

Role in the project

CU will bring its icing expertise to the project consortium as well as access to its state of the art icing facilities.
Main tasks in the project:
• Test a splitter mock up in the CU IWT under App. C conditions. (WP8)
• Study the droplet impact on water film and iced surface under SLD conditions (up to 2mm droplet) (WP9)
• Provide a means of measuring TWC using the CU-IKP and perform calibration at TUBS, MINDEF, RTA and TSAGI IWTs (WP4, 6 and 7)