Identification and Laboratory Assessment of Best Practices to Protect DOT Equipment from the Corrosive Effect of Chemical Deicers

Abstract and project information last updated: 21 March 2011. Project updates are dated below.

The side of aged yellow equipment, likely the side of a dump-like truck,  has rusting spots all over with a ladder on the left side.

Credit: Xianming Shi

Example of aggravated metallic corrosion seen on Department of Transportation equipment. The damage is attributable to their exposure to deicing and anti-icing products.

AUTC
Project
Number
410005
Principal
Investigator
Xianming Shi (MSU)
xianming_s@coe.montana.edu
Funding
Agency

US Department of Transportation (RITA)

Washington Department of Transportation

Montana State University

Project
Budget
215610
Start
Date
1 January 2011
Estimated
End Date
30 June 2012

Abstract

The objective of this project is to identify, evaluate and synthesize best practices that can be implemented to minimize the effects of deicer corrosion on DOT winter vehicles and equipment, such as design improvements, maintenance practices, and the use of coatings and corrosion inhibitors. The research in Part I will include a comprehensive literature review coupled with a survey of current practice and the state of the art from DOTs; airlines; automobile/trucking, waterborne transportation, defense and other industries. This will be followed by phone interviews and laboratory evaluation of select products and practices, culminating in the cost benefit analysis of select practices and products and the development of implementation recommendations. Part II of this project will include the development of best practice guidelines and their periodical updates along with laboratory and field research to validate best practices if deemed necessary.

Final Report

Identification and Laboratory Assessment of Best Practives to Protect DOT Equipment from the Corrosive Effect of Chemical Deicers
18 Apr 2013

Identification and Laboratory Assessment of Best Practices to Protect DOT Equipment from the Corrosive Effect of Chemical Deicers
Xianming Shi, Yongxin Li, Scott Jungwirth, Yida Fang, Nicholas Seeley, Emily Jackson
AUTC-410005FinalReport-ver1.51.pdf

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