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.


The French Ministry of Defence (French MoD), under the authority of the Minister of Defence, is responsible for applying the defence policy. In exercising its powers, the Minister of Defense is assisted by the Délégué Général pour l'Armement in the field of research, construction of equipment of the forces, international relations concerning armaments and industrial policy concerning defense (Code de la Défense Article R*3111-1 Modifié par Décret n°2013-816 du 12 septembre 2013 - art. 3).
The participation of the French Ministry of Defence in ICE GENESIS permits the use of the means and resources of Direction Générale de l’Armement Aero-engine Testing. DGA Aero-engine Testing is a test center from the T&E directorate of DGA, which is part of French MoD, devoted to engines testing in altitude and in adverse environmental conditions (sand, icing).
The DGA Aero-Engine Testing branches that will be involved in the ICE GENESIS project are:
• Tests & Expertise Branch:
o Icing Team
o Icing Facilities
• Measurement System Department:
o Optical Measurement Team
DGA Aero-Engine testing (previously known as CEPr) is a non-profit public body, part of the Test and Evaluation capabilities of the French armament procurement agency, established in the vicinity of Paris. DGA Aero-Engine testing designs and carries out tests under simulated flight conditions, including icing conditions, of air-breathing aerospace engines, their components, assemblies and sub-assemblies and associated equipment. With its outstanding capabilities, DGA Aero-engine Testing supplies the government customers, companies and European civil aviation clients, with a full range of activities meeting their requirements for the development, qualification or certification of aeronautical equipment.

Role in the project

Engine testing at simulated altitude conditions is the core activity of DGA Aero engine Testing. The center provides a broad range of test conditions for air-breathing engines and their components. DGA Aero engine Testing has a relevant experience in handling tests in the hardest simulated flight conditions (sand, water clouds, ingestion of foreign bodies) and is currently working on the development of ice crystals capabilities for tests on probes and engines in simulated altitude test facilities.

DGA Aero-engine testing expertise will serve ICE GENESIS in the following ways:
• In WP3, WP4, WP6: A high level of icing knowledge which will be especially used to be part of the definition of the test matrix for app O (FZDZ & FZRA), of the need of instrumentation , and of the procedure for the calibrations.
• In WP4: Test capabilities in icing conditions in a small IWT (Appendix C and Appendix O). This W/T will be used to perform droplet T measurements;
• In WP6 and WP8: Test capabilities in altitude and icing conditions in large scale wind tunnel: calibration of FZDZ and demonstration of FZRA capabilities. After this campaign, a test will be done on a 2D wing in this WT (WP8).