State-of-the-Art Report for the Use of Corn-Based CMA to Control Snow/Ice

Research Project IHR-904 was undertaken to examine the possibility of using corn-based calcium acetate (CMA) instead of salt as a deicer on highways. A literature search was conducted to obtain information on CMA, and no new research was conducted for this report. In addition, several people who had conducted research on CMA or had used it wee contacted to obtain more information. Most of the information contained in this report describes CMA produced from acetic acid manufactured from petroleum byproducts because very little data about corn-based CMA exists. This report discusses, in general, the chemical and physical properties of CMA, its effectiveness for controlling snow/ice, its efforts on materials and objects, its environmental impacts, its uses, and the economics of using CMA. The summaries of the main points in this paper are located in Chapter 14 which is structured for quick and easy reading.

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    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    205 North Mathews Avenue
    Urbana, IL  United States  61801-2352

    Illinois Department of Transportation

    Bureau of Materials and Physical Research
    126 East Ash Street
    Springfield, IL  United States  62704-4766
  • Authors:
    • Herrin, Moreland
    • Herricks, Edwin E
    • Johnson, Keith E
    • Bruney, Jean M
  • Publication Date: 1990-3


  • English

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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 142p

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  • Accession Number: 01108773
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UILU-ENG-90-2004
  • Contract Numbers: IHR-904
  • Created Date: Aug 12 2008 4:00PM