The Use of Abrasives in Winter Maintenance, TR-434, 2001

(2001) The Use of Abrasives in Winter Maintenance, TR-434, 2001. Transportation, Department of


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The use of abrasives in winter maintenance is a well-established practice. The sand or other abrasive is intended to increase friction between vehicles and the (often snow or ice covered) pavement. In many agencies (and in many Iowa Counties, the focus of this study) the use of sand is a standard part of winter maintenance. Yet very little information exists on the value of sanding as a winter maintenance procedure. Some studies suggest that friction gains from sanding are minimal. In addition, there are increasing environmental concerns about sanding. These concerns focus on air quality and stormwater quality issues. This report reviews the state of the practice of abrasive usage in Iowa Counties, and classifies that usage according to its effectiveness. Possible changes in practice (with respect to abrasive usage) are presented and discussed.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Abrasives, Air quality, Environmental impacts, Friction, Performance evaluations, Runoff, Sand, Snow and ice control, State of the practice, Water quality, Winter maintenance
Subjects: Transportation
Transportation > Roads and highways
Transportation > Research
Transportation > Environment
Transportation > Environment > Weather and climate
Transportation > Maintenance and preservation
ID Code: 16481
Deposited By: Iowa DOT Library
Deposited On: 24 Mar 2014 11:54
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2015 12:44