Anti-Icing and De-Icing Superhydrophobic Concrete to Improve the Safety on Critical Elements of Roadway Pavements and Bridges

Efficient movement of freight is a vital aspect of America's economy. Weather-related delays to trucking companies cost of 2.2 to 3.5 billion dollars annually. Weather related crashes tend to occur in adverse weather, or on slick roads or pavements. Each year, there are approximately 500 fatalities in the U.S. due to icy road conditions. The worst conditions (black ice) are primarily due to freezing rain and sleet. Existing systems for ice control by heating are relatively expensive and require a power source and the application of de-icing chemicals that lower the freezing point of water require a time lag for deployment. In this proposal, a "smart" Anti-Icing and De-Icing Superhydrophobic Concrete, is proposed to prevent the formation of ice on roadway pavements and bridges. This method involves the engineering of the hierarchical concrete fractured/wearing surface and the application of super-hydrophobic fibers with a siloxane admixture. CFIRE projects 04-09/05-10 provided strong scientific background on a new generation of superhydrophobic fiber-reinforced concrete, with enhanced durability and very large ductility, providing a sustainable material with a service life up to 120 years, which is required for critical parts of concrete infrastructure, especially the components of highway bridges. An experimental program is proposed to develop and establish the feasibility of such a system.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $116397.00
  • Contract Numbers:


    CFIRE 07-03

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE)

    University of Wisconsin, Madison
    1415 Engineering Drive, 2205 Engineering Hall
    Madison, WI  United States  53706
  • Principal Investigators:

    Sobolev, Konstantin

  • Start Date: 20121001
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20130930
  • Source Data: RiP Project 34199

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01481553
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE)
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT06-G-0020, CFIRE 07-03
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: May 20 2013 1:01AM