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WORKSHOP - Advancing Insect Contamination Mitigation for Laminar Wings: Innovations in Coating and T

Date: Oct. 17, 2023 - Oct. 17, 2023
Location: von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, 72 Waterloosesteenweg Sint-Genesius-Rode, 1640, Belgique
Contact: secretariat@vki.ac.be
Phone: +3223599604

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Particularly concerned with reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, the aeronautic industry designs structures and materials to preserve laminar flow and reduce drag. Controlling laminar flow is a way of ensuring that the air flows around certain parts of the aircraft in parallel layers, and can reduce fuel consumption by 5 to 10%. At the leading edges of aircraft wings, insects hitting and sticking to the surface act as boundary layer disturbances that lead to a loss of laminarity. The accumulation of insect debris on the leading edge of laminar wings has been recognised as one of the most significant operational problems associated with laminar flow.  Over the years, various approaches have been proposed, including the use of coatings to mitigate insect contamination and preserve laminar flow.  

The objective of this workshop is to present an overview of recent innovation in coating and testing technologies. The workshop is organized in the frame of the EU funded STELLAR project (CLEANSKY). The workshop programme includes presentations on developments carried out as part of the STELLAR and related projects.

Deadline for the registration: 11 October 2023

Fee for external participants: 100 € (includes lunch and coffee breaks)

Fee for internal participants (speakers, partners, EU/Cleansky aviation and topic manager): 0€ (select "Special registration")


  • Morning Session : Coating development : presentations and roundtable
  • Afternoon Session : Testing and monitoring : presentations and roundtable
  • Visit of VKI

8h30 - 09h00 Registration

9h00 - 09h20 Welcome

9h20 - 09h40 General introduction – CHOPIN and STELLAR Projects
Murielle Poelman, Materia Nova

9h40 - 10h00 Clean Aviation Current and future Challenges
S. Shroff / V. Selmin, Clean Aviation

10h00 - 12h00 Session: Coating development

10h00 - 10h30 Omniphobic coatings: low adhesion surfaces for anticontamination
Marta Fenero Bisquez, Cidetec

10h30 -10h50 Hybrid ceramic-like coating by sol gel for long term anti-adhesion properties
Mireille Poelman, Materia Nova

10h50 - 11h10 Coffee break

11h10 - 11h30 Functionalized self-healing polyurethane coating
Loan Terrien and Anne-Pascale Romano, Materia Nova

11h30 - 11h50 Experiences on cleanability and erosion resistance
Silke Gruenke, Airbus GMBH

11h50 - 12h20 Roundtable

12h20 - 13h40 Lunch

13h40 -17h00 Session: Testing and monitoring

13h40-14h00 Biochemical modification of hemolymph during coagulation process according to different abiotic factor
Baptiste Martinet, Corentin Decroo, Ruddy Wattiez, UMONS

14h00 – 14h20  Biomimetic Analogs for Insect Contamination Studies : a route towards standardisation
Claire Perfetti, Valérie Tommen, Carlo Saverio Iorio, ULB

14h20 – 15h00 Insect contamination testing under simulated conditions: Climatic chamber and wind tunnel tests
Sara Gonzalez Ruiz and Gertjan Glabeke, VKI

15h00 - 15h20 Coffee break

15h20 – 15h40  Chasing insects with drones. Results and lessons learned
Stian Solbø, NORCE

15h40 – 16h00 Validation of STELLAR coatings under real conditions : short and long flight tests
Donatienne Ghysselinckx, SONACA

16h00 – 16h30 Roundtable - Conclusions

16h30 - 16h40 Short break

16h40 - 18h00 Visit of the von Karman Institute's laboratories

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