Road Weather Systems
Pavement icing is a significant safety hazard on many highways and bridges. Road crews apply salt and sand to improve traction but many accidents occur in spite of these actions. Road safety would be significantly improved by deploying wide-area icing sensors that could survey large roadway sections. These sensors could be linked to traffic monitoring centers which could then warn motorists of unsafe conditions as well as dispatch salt and sand trucks to alleviate the problem.
In addition, these sensors have a variety of other applications, such as monitoring aircraft runways and taxiways, and sidewalk icing conditions.
Our most economical system for weather monitoring and alerting. IceSight-2020E is an electro-optical sensor used to detect hazardous road conditions such as ice, snow, and water. The spectral differences of the road conditions are used to determine the surface state. The spectral data is analyzed in real-time and a road condition is reported.
Mobile IceSight is a vehicle mount sensor that provides real-time surface condition and atmospheric information. It uses infrared technology to detect hazardous surface conditions without embedding any sensors in the pavement. The compact and rugged design can withstand the harsh environments of winter maintenance vehicles making it ideal for fleet management.
The MPU is a compact Automated Vehicle Locator (AVL) solution for the road weather monitoring community. When connected to a Mobile IceSight sensor, the MPU serves as a gateway for collecting and viewing real-time, location based road condition and atmospheric data.
Surface Sentinel is a compact rugged sensor that provides surface temperature, air temperature, relative humidity and dew point from a fixed tower or pole. The Surface Sentinel was designed for the demands of road management professionals. Standard open-architecture data output is available via SDI-12 to provide a common interface to industry standard data logger and telemetry options.
Ice Protection Systems
Aircraft icing protection systems are classed as either anti-icing (prevent ice from accumulating) or deicing (remove ice after accumulation). Anti-icing systems typically use heat (engine bleed air or electro-thermal) or chemicals to prevent ice buildup. Bleed air systems reduce engine thrust, require heavy and expensive plumbing to route dangerously hot air, and are susceptible to "runback refreeze," where melted ice migrates back and re-freezes on unprotected areas.
IDI has developed a series of products that address the deicing needs of the aviation community without the compromises of current technology. These light weight low energy systems are the wave of the future. Whether you are looking for state of the art deicing systems or for ice detection technology, IDI has the expertise. In addition to aircraft deicing we have developed a cutting edge rotor-craft deicer (using a Shape Memory Alloy) that autonomously detects ice and removes it from helicopter blades. IDI also has new technology for ship deicing and anti-icing, large bridge and building structure de-icing and anti-icing, as well as antenna tower and radome anti-icing systems.
The flexible data stream can be integrated with existing telematic systems for easy data transfer or sent to a hand-held device or lap-top for real-time monitoring.
Electric Pulse Ice Protection System (EPIPS)
EPIPS is an acceleration based de-icer for ice protection on ships and aircraft. This system provides an efficient low power solution for both metal and composite applications where sufficient electrical power is not available. IDI developed the system in collaboration with NASA Glenn and DARPA’s SBIR program.
Eddy Current Actuator
The Actuator is an eddy current actuator coil. It is used to apply impulsive loads directly to the surface it is attached to. The rapid acceleration pulse that it generates is ideal for debonding ice layers attached to the surface structure. The solid state actuator weighs only ounces.
The Icing Onset Sensor is a flush mount sensor for aviation applications that detects initial onset of icing and indicates when critical ice levels are reached. It uses capacitance based technology to continuously monitor for the onset of icing.
Icing Onset Sensor
In-Line Fluid Acoustic Debris Monitor
Acoustic Debris Monitor System
The In-Line Acoustic Debris Monitor provides real-time measurement of particulate contamination levels (metal, non-metal, bubbles) in fluid systems such as used in manufacturing and processing plants. The acoustic-based sensing system responds immediately to changes in the particulate contamination levels, and provides fluid quality reports over the network to operator control workstations.
Ultrasonic Pulse Controller
The Ultrasonic Pulse Controller is a combination pulser/receiver and high-speed A/D converter for computer USB port. The device generates an electrical pulse which is transmitted to an ultrasonic transducer. The transducer converts the electrical excitation pulse to an ultrasonic pulse which then propagates into the test material or couplant. The transducer also receives the echoes that are reflected back from the interface and converts the ultrasonic pulse back into an electrical signal which is then processed by the on-board receiver and A/D converter.