IC2 (Interdisciplinary Consulting Corp)

Gainesville,  FL 
United States

Welcome to IC2! Please reach out if you have any questions!

IC2 is a design/build firm specializing in sensor development primarily through SBIR/STTR programs. We have commercialized products out of these small business programs and now offer DirectShear sensors as a first of it's kind system to directly measure wall shear stress. Click here to see how NASA is utilizing these sensors.

Check out our "Guide to Wall Shear Stress Measurement" blog series!

For more information, or to schedule a meeting, please contact us at sales@thinkic2.com or call 352-283-8110

Brands: DirectShear Shear Stress Sensors, Dynamic Pressure Sensors, Aeroacoustic Microphones and Arrays, and Flow Angularity Probes

 Press Releases

  • GAINESVILLE, Fla. – IC2’s DirectShear Sensors offer a breakthrough new tool for engineers and scientists to design cleaner, quieter aircraft. Every single day, the global commercial aircraft industry consumes 250 million gallons of fuel. Moreover, noise pollution from aircraft affects the quality of life for millions in the US and around the world (as of 2017, “72 percent of the current U.S. population of 319.4 million people lives within 20 miles of a primary airport.”).

    As the global carbon footprint continues to increase and air travel contributes more each year, there is an ever-growing need for a reduction in fuel usage and emissions per flight. Engineers who are designing the next generation of aircraft have historically faced a significant challenge measuring wall shear stress, although it is a critical factor for improving fuel efficiency and reducing airframe noise. Wall shear stress relates directly to skin friction drag (fluid frictional force), which accounts for 20% to 40% of total vehicle drag (the aerodynamic force that opposes an aircraft’s motion). Airframe noise is a major component of overall aircraft noise, and its reduction is a realizable benefit of better wall shear stress measurements.

    Prior to the release of IC2’s DirectShear sensors, wall shear stress was traditionally difficult to measure. Previous methods relied upon indirect approaches by measuring a different fluid property, such as heat transfer rate, and relating it back to shear stress empirically. That process usually requires making several assumptions and carefully controlling the environment, limiting the usefulness of these methods and the accuracy of the resulting data.

    DirectShear sensors now offer a breakthrough alternative to the methods of the past. DirectShear provides a direct measurement of the wall shear stress, eliminating the limitations of the indirect methods and vastly improving the accuracy of the measured data, enabling engineers to better understand critical aerodynamic effects and design aircraft to fly more efficiently. IC2’s DirectShear sensors measure wall shear stress directly via MEMS capacitive or optical (for high temperature) methods, are flush-mountable, and are capable of both static and dynamic operation (with high bandwidths for turbulent flow measurements).

    About IC2

    IC2 provides innovative precision instrumentation solutions to the global test and measurement community, delivering scientific-grade measurement tools that offer unprecedented performance, including:

    1. Higher bandwidth and dynamic range
    2. Greater accuracy and precision
    3. Higher spatial resolution
    4. Ability to operate in extreme environments

    For more information about IC2 (Interdisciplinary Consulting Corporation), please contact us or visit our website at www.thinkic2.com.


  • DirectShear - Capactive
    DirectShear™ Sensors are robust, high-bandwidth, high-resolution, silicon-micromachined differential capacitive shear stress sensors for subsonic and transonic applications...

  • This non-intrusive, design delivers an unprecedented degree of precision and accuracy for both mean and fluctuating wall shear stress measurements. This sensor system greatly extends the spatial and temporal resolution capabilities over existing devices, offering exceptional bandwidth and dynamic range.

    Originally developed for NASA, these sensors are now commercially available and are ideal for precise skin friction measurements in wind tunnels. Click here to see how NASA is utilizing these sensors.

  • DirectShear - Optical
    The high-temperature version of the Capacitive model, the DirectShear - Optical can withstand up to 400°C while providing direct high fidelity wall shear stress measurements...

  • DirectShear-Optical™ sensors are robust, high-bandwidth shear stress sensors designed from the ground up for harsh environments, including high-temperature applications. 

    The sensors employ purely optical transduction, a silicon/Pyrex micromachined floating element, and a remote optical fiber readout to enable time-resolved one-dimensional, direct shear stress measurements at high temperatures. 

    Like the capacitive DirectShear line of sensors, IC2's DirectShear-Optical sensors are capable of both mean and dynamic measurements of wall shear stress over a wide dynamic range and are offered in a range of sensor models to suit different applications.

  • Analog Signal Conditioners
    IEPE (CCP) and Phantom power supply and signal conditioning standalone hardware....

  • IC2's line of IEPE (CCP) and Phantom power supplies and signal conditioning standalone hardware are high-performance, low-noise power supplies with operating bandwidths up to 1 MHz.

    These power supplies are available in single-channel enclosures with rechargeable batteries as well as multi-channel CompactPCI cards compatible with 3U CompactPCI and PXI/PXI-Express chassis.

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