Experimental Use of Calcium Magnesium Acetate, Addendum, HR-253, 1984

(1984) Experimental Use of Calcium Magnesium Acetate, Addendum, HR-253, 1984. Transportation, Department of


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The Iowa Department of Transportation Materials Laboratory personnel developed a process to produce a road deicer consisting of sand grains coated with calcium magnesium acetate (CMA). Research project HR-253 was established to explore commercial production of the CMA/sand deicer by an independent contractor. About 60 tons of the deicer was produced at a ready-mix concrete facility and evaluated in the field during the 1983-1984 winter season. The initial contracted production of CMA/sand deicer under research project HR-253 identified two major problems: (1) excessive unreacted lime in the final product, and (2) formation of spherical lumps within the product requiring subsequent size reduction. It was recommended in the HR-253 report that additional deicer be produced as a continuation of the project in order to address these problems and further develop the production process. A contract was negotiated with W. G. Block Co. to produce and deliver 50 tons of additional deicer. This addendum report covers this production effort including descriptions and results of all modifications of equipment and process procedures used.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Calcium hydroxide, Calcium magnesium acetate, Cost effectiveness, Deicers (Equipment), Deicing chemicals, Sand
Subjects: Transportation
Transportation > Materials
Transportation > Roads and highways
Transportation > Research
Transportation > Environment
Transportation > Environment > Weather and climate
Transportation > Maintenance and preservation
ID Code: 17288
Deposited By: Iowa DOT Library
Deposited On: 30 Jun 2014 12:37
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 21:09
URI: https://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/17288