3D scanning has established itself as new method to document the final ice accretion on test objects (e.g. components or systems of aircraft, helicopter, and UAV) after icing wind tunnel test runs. The final ice shapes are quite complex and can differ significantly in their size and appearance because the icing process is influenced by many variables. To better understand the icing process and the impact of the final ice accretion on the flight characteristics of the respective aircraft, an accurate 3D scan is of importance. Nevertheless, special software tools are also required to process and evaluate the generated 3D data to investigate the parameters of interest, e.g. ice thickness and ice surface roughness.
This report provides an overview and summarizes the activities performed at the Austrian Institute for Icing Sciences (AIIS) as part of WP4 in the ICE GENESIS project.