In the past two decades over 150 jet engine power-loss and damage events have been attributed to a phenomenon known as Ice Crystal Icing (ICI). Ingestion of large numbers of ice particles into the engine core are thought to be responsible for these events which typically occur at high altitudes near large convective systems in tropical air masses. In recent years scientists, engineers, aviation regulators and airlines from around the world have collaborated to better understand the relevant meteorological processes associated with ICI events, solve critical engineering problems, develop new certification standards, and devise mitigation strategies for the aviation industry.
One area of research is the development of nowcasting techniques based on available remote sensing technology and Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models to identify areas of high ice water content (IWC) and enable the provision of alerts to the aviation industry. Multiple techniques have been developed using geostationary and polar orbiting satellite products, NWP model fields, and ground based radar data as the basis for HIWC products. Targeted field experiments in tropical regions with high incidence of ICI events have provided data for product validation and refinement of these methods.
Beginning in 2015, research teams have assembled at a series of annual workshops to exchange ideas and standardize methods for evaluating performance of HIWC detection products. This paper provides an overview of the approaches used and the current skill for identifying HIWC conditions. Recommendations for future work in this area are also presented.
J Haggerty, E Defer, ATJ de Laat, K Bedka, JM Moisselin, J Delanoe, F Parol, A Grandin, S Devito. Detecting Clouds Associated with Jet Engine Ice Crystal Icing
Status: published, Journal: Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., Volume: 1, Year: 2019, First page: 31, Last page: 40, doi: https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0252.1