Pressure Sensitive Non-Slip Surface Appliqué for Low Drag

Period of Performance: 05/03/2001 - 11/03/2001


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Continuum Dynamics, Inc.
34 Lexington Avenue Array
Ewing, NJ 08618
Principal Investigator


Military and commercial aircraft use non-slip treatments on upper areas of the aircraft to provide safe walking surfaces for maintenance personnel and pilots during routine service operations and, in some cases, cockpit access. Current non-slip surface treatments for aircraft rely on fixed surface roughness to provide traction. While these surface treatments provide slip resistance, significant performance penalties in terms of aerodynamic drag can arise due to the surface roughness of these devices. Continuum Dynamics, Inc. (CDI) proposes the development of an innovative Pressure Sensitive Non-slip Surface Appliqué (PSNSA) which is slip resistant when pressure is applied to the surface. Under aircraft flight conditions the PSNSA device has a smooth surface equivalent to aircraft skin yielding low viscous drag and improved aircraft performance relative to current surface treatments. In addition, this non-slip device offers the potential for greater slip resistance in all weather conditions reducing the risk of accidents and injury.The successful development of the proposed PSNSA concept will reduce operating costs for commercial and military aircraft by reducing drag. Additionally this device will make maintenance operations safer by providing better non-slip surfaces on aircraft wings.