Welcome to NoICE

Potential Solution for Icing Challenges by TAU

PhD Student Valentina Donadei from Tampere University (TAU) presented her latest research on icephobic coatings in Japan at the International Thermal Spray Conference 2019 (ITSC2019). The research has also been published in the proceedings: Valentina Donadei, Heli Koivuluoto, Petri Vuoristo, Effect of Process Parameters on Properties of Flame-Sprayed Icephobic Polymer Coatings, ITSC2019 – Proceedings, F. Azarmi, Y. Lau, J. Veilleux, C. Widener, F. Toma, H. Koivuluoto, K. Balani, Hi. Li, K. Shinoda (Eds.), May 26-29, 2019, Yokohama, Japan, 563-570. This research is done under LubISS project and focusses on the development of icephobic coatings with high durability by using thermal spraying as the coating manufacturing method. The LubISS (Lubricant Impregnated Slippery Surfaces) project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 722497. These results are interesting for NoICE project as well, acting as one of the potential solutions for icing challenges in different application fields.

Valentina working in TAU’s Icing lab, temperature is -10˚C and the ice has been accreted in the icing wind tunnel.

Botnia-Atlantica Projects in Vasa Arranged a Gender Equality Seminar

In what way can you highlight equality in project activities, and why is it important? These were questions that people, working in Botnia-Atlantica funded projects, thought about during a gender equality seminar in March.

Speak to and treat one another in an equal way, so that everyone feels seen, heard and appreciated regardless of gender. This was the core message delivered by lecturer Malin Gustavsson. Malin is a gender equality expert and the CEO of Ekvalita, a consultancy bureau that works with equality and similar treatment of all in organizations, schools and companies.

– The way we act and the way we see other people is largely dependent on what kind of gender norms we follow. Here we ourselves can make a difference within the projects we are running, by making the gender norm inclusive and welcoming instead of excluding, says Malin.

By “including norm” Malin means a way of treating people that make you feel appreciated, that your knowledge and opinions matter and that other factors, like e.g. gender, isn´t what decides if you fit into a group or not.

– Take for example a project that is about technology. Even if one could instinctively think that it is a field dominated by men you can make the project inclusive for all by the way you express yourself, who you choose to cooperate with and who you appoint as the target group; Simply think about whom you want to include and how, says Malin.

Malin emphasizes that we maintain the heteronorm we grew up with, every day. In the society this norm is about fitting in either as a man or a woman with all the attributes that we see as male or female.

– It can be interesting to think about how you might be maintaining the heteronorm within the project activities. You can ask yourself: what kind of a group do we want to have within the project? If we do not want to create a group that consists of solely persons of the same gender, with the same education and working experience, how can we create a more heterogenic working group, cooperation network or target group. How can the project group approach its target group in a way that makes everyone feel considered? The norms are there in everything we do in the projects: In whom we invite to meetings, who we choose to be part of the steering committee, how we communicate and in the ways we choose to market the project.

According to Malin the road to equality within project work has four steps. First we simply need to recognize if there are issues that prevent equality, then understand wherein the problem lies, then motivate yourself and the project group to work with the issue and finally make the right decisions so that change can happen.

– In all projects you can start by studying your goals and which values you work in accordance with. We can all think about how our work affects others and in what way we might be making a difference between genders in the way we operate. By daring to challenge our norms we can break old patterns and instead increase the diversity and equality in the projects.

Within Interreg Botnia-Atlantica extra focus has been put on demand for equality during the project period 2014-2020. Equality integration in projects include gender theory and equality politics. The seminar in Vasa targeted people that work in Botnia-Atlantica funded projects, for which the R&D departments of Novia University of Applied Sciences or University of Vaasa has the lead.

Written by Catrin Sandvik
(translated by Heidi Smart)

1st Project Meeting

The first project meeting was at held at Novia University of Applied Sciences in Vasa 14-15.11.2019 and representatives from all five participating universities were present.

During the meeting it was discussed whether other types of icing than atmospheric icing, in its true scientific sense, should be included in order to be able to identify more icing cases. The consensus was to also include in-cloud/fog icing, freezing rain, wet snow icing and marine spray icing. In this context it was also mentioned that wind turbine blades have to be excluded, since blade icing was touched upon in the Botnia-Atlantica funded project Wind CoE.

University of Vaasa suggested that a digital platform, where stakeholders could find the latest information about icing related matters such as an icing event forecasting tool and icing related articles, could be established. The platform could also be used for exchanging expertise and solutions among the users. The idea was supported by everyone present and it was agreed that University of Vaasa would continue developing the concept.

Kendall Rutledge from Novia UAS told about the process of procuring business development services. The business developers will help identify “atmospheric icing problem-ed” companies and bring them into a business network. The clusters are initially to be formed nationally and later the clusters will be joined to one. The companies in the business network will tell about their problems and NoICE will learn about their icing issues, teach the latest technologies, and work on some example cases. Expert services related to e.g. atmospheric icing on structures will also be obtained through public procurement process.

Further it was decided that:
1. By Dec 15, 2018 all members would have cooperation agreements iterated with their legal groups and be ready to sign after incorporation into a single document
2. By Dec 15, 2018 all members would send a name for nomination onto the steering group
3. All members would search for rail wintertime icing delay information in both Finland and Sweden (actual delay data, icing observations data and ice maintenance service data) and report by Feb 1, 2019
4. All members would learn more about available icing observations in their countries and especially networked observations
5. Novia would develop a summary of ice observation information for the full Scandinavian region derived from publically available METAR data
6. Novia would establish a disk space for sharing documents amongst members (e.g. DropBox)
7. Novia would establish a document for all member to contribute to / edit to specify the train delay case study identified during the meeting
8. Novia would distribute the A3 “project poster” to each member

Regarding marketing and communication issues it was agreed that Heidi Smart from Novia UAS would procure a logo for the project and create a Twitter account to help spread information about the project. The webpage, which has already been initiated, will be found at www.icingcenter.eu and a LinkedIn company page has also been created (https://www.linkedin.com/company/nordic-icing-center-of-expertice-noice/) . The webpage will include some kind of blog and the project team agreed that they could contribute to it.

Icing Center Members:
Dr. Heli Koivuluoto, Materials Scientist, Surface Engineering Specialist, Tampere University of Technology
Dr. Petri Välisuo, Physicist, Metrologist and Statistical Learning Specialist, Vaasan Yliopisto
Prof. Jun Yu, Statistical Scientist, Spatial Statistics Specialist, Umeå University
Prof. Patrik Eklund, Logic Theorist, Process Model Specialist, Umeå University
Prof. Javier Martin-Torres, Atmospheric Scientist, Planetary Atmospheres Radiative Transfer Specialist,
Luleå University of Technology
Kendall Rutledge, Project Manager, Novia University of Applied Sciences


Kendall Rutledge, Thileepan Paulraj, Merja Pakkanen, Petri Välisuo, Heli Koivuluoto, Patrik Eklund, Ricardo Fonseca, Dennis Bengs and Heidi Smart