Many methods and techniques have been explored for pavement anti-icing and deicing because snow and ice removal is expensive and failure for expedient and complete removal is dangerous and potentially destructive to existing infrastructure. Many of the current ice removal methods are chemical, which can be harmful to concrete, steel structures, viaducts, tunnels, airport runways, as well as the environment. Iowa State University researchers have developed electrically conductive concrete that uses high volumes of electrically conductive additives without compromising the structural strength of the material. The design has been tested on a limited basis at the Des Moines International airport and has shown to be highly effective at removing snow and ice. Additional construction materials are also being developed in order cover a variety of application areas.
Primary Application Area: Materials, Chemical
Technology Development Status: Prototype
Technology Readiness Level: TRL 3
Organization Type: Early-stage Startup (Seed)
Showcase Booth #: 323
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