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Bio-based Renewable Additives for Anti-Icing Applications

  • CESTiCC Project Number
    Principal Investigator(s)

    Xianming Shi

    Project Dates
    • Start: September 2014
    • End: December 2015
  • Funding Agency
    CESTiCC, WSU & Clear Roads
    Project Budget

Project Information

Relative to de-icing and sanding, anti-icing leads to improved level of service (LOS), reduced need for chemicals, and associated cost savings and safety and mobility benefits. Yet, the anti-icers available on the market are plagued by growing concerns over their corrosion to metals (chlorides), impact on concrete and asphalt (acetates), toxicity to the aquatic resources (agro-based products), etc. Agencies are constantly seeking for alternatives that maximize the benefits of acetates and agro-based products while minimizing their drawbacks. Meanwhile, research is needed for value-added utilization of desugared beet molasses and glycerol, which are the principal by-product of beet sugar refining and biodiesel production, respectively. The objective of this project is to develop innovative anti-icing formulations for snow and ice control on highways, using beet sugar refining by-products, glycerol, and other bio-based additives for freezing-point suppression, performance enhancement, and corrosion inhibition.



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  • Center for Environmentally Sustainable Transportation in Cold Climates (CESTiCC)
  • PO Box 75 5900
  • Fairbanks, AK 99775-5900