Background and activities

Dr. Richard Hann is a researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) on the topic of icing on unmanned aerial vehicles. In 2013, he has graduated with excellence from the University of Stuttgart in Germany as an aerospace engineer. After working for three years the petroleum industry as an upstream project engineer, he returned to academia and finished his PhD on icing of unmanned aircraft in 2020. He is part of the Center of Excellence on Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (NTNU-AMOS) and Centre for Integrated Remote Sensing and Forecasting for Arctic Operations (CIRFA). Richard has more than 8 years of experience with numerical and experimental icing aerodynamics on wind turbines and aircraft. Today, he is one of the leading researchers in the emerging research field of icing on unmanned aircraft. He holds a position as lead aerodynamics engineer and shareholder at UBIQ Aerospace. Richard is also promoting the application of drone technology in the Arctic with several ongoing projects in the fields of meteorology, glaciology, and atmospheric pollution at the University Centre of Svalbard (UNIS).

Publications Richard Hann

Research Interests

  • Aerospace engineering
  • Aerodynamics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Atmospheric icing
  • Anti- & de-icing
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Aeroacustics
  • Numerical simulations
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)
  • Upstream static mechanical engineering
  • Cold climate wind energy
  • Environmental forensics
  • Arctic fieldwork
  • Drones in the Arctic



Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • Cheung, Michael; Hann, Richard; Johansen, Tor Arne. (2022) UAV Icing: A Unified Icing Severity Index Derived from Performance Degradation. AIAA AVIATION 2022 Forum.
  • Hann, Richard; Betlem, Peter; Deja, Kajetan; Hartvich, Filip; Jonassen, Marius Opsanger; Lampert, Astrid; Laska, Michał; Sobota, Ireneusz; Storvold, Rune; Zagorski, Piotr. (2022) Update to Scientific Applications of Unmanned Vehicles in Svalbard. The State of Environmental Science in Svalbard.
  • Laurendeau, E; Bourgault-Côté, S; Ozcer, I; Hann, Richard; Radenac, E; Pueyo, A. (2022) Summary from the 1st AIAA Ice Prediction Workshop. AIAA AVIATION 2022 Forum.
  • Løw Hansen, Bogdan; Hann, Richard; Johansen, Tor Arne. (2022) UAV Icing: Ice Shedding Detection Methods for an Electrothermal De-Icing System. AIAA AVIATION 2022 Forum.
  • Müller, Nicolas Carlo; Hann, Richard; Johansen, Tor Arne. (2022) UAV Icing: A Performance Model for a UAV Propeller in Icing Conditions. AIAA AVIATION 2022 Forum.