Accession Number : ADP003188

Title :   A New and Unique Conductive Element for Aircraft Transparencies,


Personal Author(s) : Olson,J. B. ; Trebes,D. M.

Report Date : DEC 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 36

Abstract : A significant breakthrough in transparent conductive elements has been achieved by extending and modifying sophisticated microcircuitry technology to the scale and materials used in aircraft windshields. The resultant conductive element possesses more potential for versatility than any contemporary transparent element type. Like conventional 'wiggle-wire' elements, this new element is comprised of myriad thin filaments which are too small to be individually visible from normal distances. Based on a photolithographic technology and lacking mechanical constraints, however, this unique element produces infinitely more design flexibility than the conventional wire elements. Design parameter such as wave form, pitch, amplitude, filament width and spacing can be varied at will, even on the run; i.e., within a given filament. The technique lends itself to computerization, and general programs have been developed to provide design solutions in minutes.

Descriptors :   *Transparencies, Aircraft equipment, Thermal conductivity, Deicing systems, Deicing materials, Antifogging devices, Heating elements, Microcircuits, Thin films, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE