0871LH1 Freezing-Rain Sensor

Warns of Ice Danger, protects roads, power lines, aircraft, wind turbines

The 0871LH1, manufactured by Goodrich, is a sensor that detects the presence of icing conditions so that appropriate actions can be taken to prevent damage to power and communication lines, to warn of road hazards, or to keep ice off wind turbine blades or a plane’s wings. 


The 0871LH1 uses resonant frequencies to determine the presence of icing conditions. Its main component is a nickel alloy rod that has a natural resonant frequency of 40 kHz. As ice collects on the rod, the added mass causes the resonant frequency to decrease. When the frequency decreases to 130 Hz (or 0.02-in. layer of ice), an internal heater automatically defrosts the sensor. 

Wind Energy Applications 

The 0871LH1 can detect ice on a wind turbine’s blade, which is undesirable because: 

    • Blade can throw large chunks of ice a considerable distance—an extremely dangerous, potentially lethal situation. 
    • Formation of ice can cause unbalanced loading on the turbine’s blades, bearings, and gear box. 
    • Ice reduces the turbine’s power output. 
    • The 0871LH1 can be used for wind prospecting applications by helping predict the amount of time a potential wind power site may be out of commission due to icing conditions. Additionally, the sensor lets users know when ice is preventing their wind sensors from providing data. 

Benefits and Features 

Can be used to help prevent damage to power lines, and to warn of icy road hazards, ice on planes’ wings, and ice on wind turbine blades 

Automatically defrosts itself when ice accumulation reaches 0.5 m 

Measurement Description Ice detected/no ice detected
Range State dependent (ICE = 1, NO ICE = 0)
Set Point Ice signal activates when probe ice thickness exceeds 0.5 mm ±0.13 mm (0.02 in. ±0.006 in.)
Output Format RS-422 output operates at 9600 bps.
Operating Temperature Range -55° to +71°C
Storage Temperature Range -65° to +90°C
Random Vibration 7.9 grms (DO-160C, Category E)
Shock DO-160C
Operating Voltage 18 to 29.5 Vdc
Base Diameter 7.32 cm (2.88 in.)
Base Height 3.81 cm (1.5 in.)
Strut Diameter 3.10 cm (1.22 in.)
Strut Height 2.54 cm (1.0 in.)
Plate Dimensions 7.37 x 7.37 x 0.22 cm (2.9 x 2.9 x 0.085 in.)
Rod Diameter 0.64 cm (0.25 in.)
Rod Height 2.54 cm (1.0 in.)
Weight 0.3 kg (0.7 lb)
Power Draw @ 24 Vdc
Sensing Mode 5 W (maximum)
Deicing Mode 27 W (maximum)
Operating Modes
Sensing Operating with no ice or with probe ice thickness below the set point
Deicing Operating with probe ice thickness exceeding the set point
Discrete Output Signals
Ice Signal (No Icing) Open
Ice Signal (Icing Detected) Ground
Status Signal (Operating Correctly) Ground
Status Signal (Failure Detected) Open
RS-422 Output Signals
Ice Signal
  • 1 = Ice
  • 0 = No Ice
Fail State
  • 1 = Fail
  • 0 = No Fail (OK)
Built-in Test (BIT)
Commanded Performed at initial power-up. If a failure is detected and verified, the ice detector stops detecting and annunciating icing conditions, the heaters are disabled, and a failure is annunciated.
Continuous Hardware and software BIT verifies that internal electronics are functioning properly.
Electrical Connectors
Mechanical MS27474T10B199PN
Mating MS27474T10B199SN

0871LH1 Freezing Rain Sensor


0871LH1 Freezing Rain Sensor


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