• Start of the project : 01-03-18
  • End of project : 30-11-21


Coatings with hydrophobic and/or omniphobic properties against insect contamination

The aeronautics industry has long been concerned about the increase in drag, which has a direct impact on aircraft fuel consumption. Various research studies have shown that insect sticking causes surface roughness that disrupts laminar flow. To avoid this, the use of coatings to mitigate insect contamination has begun to show promising results. However, some critical problems remain unresolved, such as the lack of durability.

The objectives of the CHOPIN project are: the development of highly durable hydrophobic coatings that can be applied to micro-perforated surfaces typically used for drag reduction and the validation of the coating technology and process using tests to clearly assess the attenuation of insect contamination under realistic conditions.


Objectives and missions of Materia Nova

Within the consortium, Materia Nova acts as coordinator and carries out the development of coatings (wet and dry techniques).




Project start date: 1 March 2018

Project end date: 28 February 2021

Duration: 36 months

Total cost: €1.52 Mo

EU grant: €1.49 Mo

Coordinator: Mireille POELMAN, Materia Nova

Thematic coordinator: Nicole JORDAN, Airbus

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