Every year manufacturers introduce new deicing chemicals, additives or mixtures for use in snow and ice operations. Users do not currently have a comprehensive methodology for evaluating the performance of these new products prior to purchasing.
The goal of this project was to establish laboratory tests that could be applied to all deicing chemicals, additives and mixtures to measure performance. Manufacturers could then be required to run these tests on their products at independent laboratories before marketing or selling them to Clear Roads states.
The report identified standardized tests and procedures that may help states identify the relative performance of deicers.