The specific problem to which this report is addressed is the development of a hydrophobic substance to mitigate the adhesion of ice to pavement as an alternative to deicing chemicals. The factors involved in evaluating this concept are the following: Economics; safety; environmental impact; coating effectiveness; potential pavement damage. As a result of this program, two coating formulations (exact formulae are given in Chapter 5 of this report), have been identified as showing considerable promise as semi-permanent, hydrophobic, road coatings with reduced ice adhesion. They are: A modified (no pigment) Federal Specification TT-P-115D traffic paint containing a room-temperature-curing silicone rubber (Dow Corning DC732) as a release agent; and a silicone resin waterproofing compound (Dow Corning DRI-SIL-73) combined with the same silicone rubber as above. One major achievement in this program was the discovery of a method for stabilizing the highly reactive silicone rubber in a fluid solution for spraying.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored in part by Municipal Environmental Research Lab., Edison, N.J. Storm and Combined Sewer Section.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Ball Brothers Research Corporation

    P.O. Box 1062
    Boulder, CO  United States  80302

    Edison Municipal Environmental Research Laboratory

    New Jersey Storm and Combined Sewer Section
    Edison, NJ  United States  08817

    Cincinnati Municipal Environmental Research Lab

    Cincinnati, OH  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Ahlborn, G H
    • Poehlmann, HCJ
  • Publication Date: 1976-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 218 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00154124
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: EPA/600/2-76/242
  • Contract Numbers: EPA-68-03-0359
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1977 12:00AM