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Fu, L., Omer, R., Hossain, S. M. K. & Jiang, C. (2013). Experimental Study of Snow-Melting Performance of Salt for Snow and Ice Control of Parking Lots. Proceedings of the 92nd Annual Transportation Research Board Conference, Washington DC, Jan 13-17

Fu, L., Omer, R., Hossain, S. M. K. & Jiang, C. (2013). Experimental Study of Snow-Melting Performance of Salt for Snow and Ice Control of Parking Lots. Proceedings of the 92nd Annual Transportation Research Board Conference, Washington DC, Jan 13-17

This paper describes an empirical study aimed at quantifying and comparing the performance of road salt for deicing of parking lots and sidewalks under specific weather, site and traffic conditions.  Data collected from a series of field tests are used in this analysis, involving measurements on snow cover, friction, weather and pavement conditions, and treatment operations.  The paper details performance trends as related to some specific treatment and condition variables, such as, application rate, pavement temperature, precipitation type and amount, and traffic.  The test results and findings can be applied for developing quantitative snow melting performance prediction models and thus optimal salt application rates for specific weather and site conditions.

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