I the only one who hates de-icing car windshields the hard way on
a cold winter morning? Well, doing this could eventually become
a thing of the past with the introduction of a new type of glass
to which ice will not stick. Using technology developed by Dr. Victor
Petrenko of Dartmouth College, Torvec Inc. plans to manufacture
both new and aftermarket windshields which will include a special
polymer that will give the glass its special non-stick properties.
Ice is prevented from sticking to the windshield by giving it a
charge of the same polarity as that on the ice. Since similar charges
repel each other, the ice does not stick to the windshield.
Inc. also plans to use this technology to produce tires that stick
to ice. By passing a small current through the tire to charge its
surface, they hope to create a thin layer of ice with a charge opposite
to that of the ice on the road creating a "sticky" tire.
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