The technical feasibility of using earth heat in combination with heat pipes for deicing and removing snow from pavement surfaces has been demonstrated (in the Baltimore/Washington climate) in testing conducted at the Fairbank Highway Research Station (located at McLean, Virginia) during two winters. This report describes the analytical models constructed to describe earth heated pavement systems, and the validation of these models as a result of the testing conducted. A highway engineer's user section is included in this report which provides step-by-step examples of how pavement heating systems may be defined and specified. The user section also describes step-by-step procedures for defining electrically heated pavements. Problems encountered during the construction of the Fairbanks test site are discussed and related to potential problems foreseen in field installations. Cost estimates as a function of various climates for earth heated pavement systems are also presented. /FHWA/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Dynatherm Corporation

    1 Industry Lane
    Cockeysville, MD  United States  21030
  • Authors:
    • Bienert, W B
    • Pravda, M F
    • Suelau, H J
    • Wolf, D A
  • Publication Date: 1974-5

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 202 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00097648
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-75- 6 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FH-11-7413
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1976 12:00AM