Contact Dr Marie Pervier

Areas of expertise

  • Gas Turbines & Propulsion


General Background

Marie Pervier is a thermo-mechanical engineer and an impact icing expert in the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing at Cranfield University. She joined Cranfield in 2013 as a Research Fellow and has been working in the Icing team (part of the Centre for Propulsion and Thermal Power Engineering) since. She has expertise in material properties of impact ice, ice adhesion to different materials (icephobic coatings) and testing anti-icing and deicing devices.


After a bachelor in theoretical physics from Université Joseph Fourier (Grenoble, France) and an Engineering degree in thermo-mechanics from Polytech'Nantes (Nantes, France), Dr Pervier joined Cranfield University as a student in the Thermal Power MSc (graduated in 2008). She then pursuit with a PhD in Aircraft Icing which she obtained in 2013.

Current activities

Dr Marie Pervier interests are in ice adhesion and in the properties of atmospheric ice. She developed mechanical tests to measure the strength of adhesion to different material and to compare them in the aim to find a material with low ice adhesion to reduce the power required for ice protection systems.

Latest activities involved the development of computational models to understand ice adhesion mechanisms and therefore develop more efficient ice protection systems. Applications are mainly related to aeronautical field but also wind turbine and unmanned vehicle field. 

Another point of interest is on the properties of impact ice like density or Young's modulus. These properties are not yet well defined and can become of high importance in the development of numerical models. The microstructure of atmospheric ice is also a recurrent object of study.

Current research projects include ERICE (Horizon 2020) and Ice Genesis (Horizon 2020).


  • Rolls-Royce 
  • The Welding Institute
  • CAV
  • Meggitt
  • Tecnalia
  • BAE Systems
  • SAFRAN Group
  • Bombardier
  • Airbus
  • Vestas
  • NTNU (Norvegian Institute of Science and Technology)


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