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Ice buildup can cause problems in many different environments and applications. The ability to sense ice buildup on enclosures and surfaces in harsh environments can initiate countermeasures at the proper time. Countermeasures can increase the usability and durability in a variety of applications. In some applications, ice detection is beneficial. It is even more helpful to be able sense ice buildup when not exposed to the harsh environmental changes that are being measured, such as a hermetically sealed container or enclosure. The FDC1004 can sense ice buildup through various non-conductive substances. If further customization is needed, such as logging temperature outside the hermetically sealed enclosure, the TMP007 sensor can be housed inside the enclosure to sense the outside temperature.

This application report provides an overview of the test setup and sensor results of the FDC1004 ice detection experiment.