DETERMINING FEASIBILITY OF WEST VIRGINIA OIL AND GAS FIELD BRINES AS HIGHWAY DEICING AGENTS. PHASE 3. FINAL REPORT

The research described in the report represents the third and final phase of a comprehensive research project to determine the feasibility of West Virginia oil and gas field brines as highway deicing agents. Phase 3 focused on expanding the limited brine quality information collected in Phase 1 to include brine availability information (both quality and quantity) statewide. A principal objective was to develop a microcomputer-based brine availability database based on existing information and analysis conducted as part of the current effort. Seventy brine samples were analyzed from 23 counties; based on meeting acceptable criteria, 32 of these samples were found to be suitable. A ranking system was developed for brine spreading and brine addition to abrasive materials. Brine quality and quantity information was included in the database, which is capable of generating a number of different reports. According to the database, almost 568,000 gallons per year of suitable brine were identifies. A number of brine usage scenarios were identified and evaaluated. The most promising scenario was treating a staandard abrasive hopper spreader with brine as a substitute for conventional rock salt.

  • Corporate Authors:

    West Virginia University, Morgantown

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Morgantown, WV  United States  26506-6103
  • Authors:
    • Eck, R W
    • Sack, W A
  • Publication Date: 1991-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: 188 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00619535
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 29 1992 12:00AM