Evaluation of On-Board Liquid Distribution System for Winter Maintenance

The pumps currently used by ODOT on snowplow trucks to dispense liquid materials lose the desired output accuracy as the truck varies in speed. As a result, operators are not able to consistently meet ODOT's application guidelines and any data captured is questionable. The issue worsens as operators switch pump settings from prewetting to application. Over time, ODOT has been utilizing substantially more liquids for snow and ice prevention. Having the right equipment that ensures materials are being dispensed accurately and reliably could provide a huge benefit to ODOT's winter operations. The goal of this research is to identify or design a liquid material pump that can consistently and accurately dispense a snowplow's on-board liquid anti-icing material at various speeds. This research will expand on the findings from an active ROC task that is gathering information on the state-of-practice for these types of pumps by installing recommended pump(s) on ODOT equipment, evaluating their performance during winter and providing recommendations. Successful results can help ODOT reduce waste, increase efficiencies and make the winter roads safer for the traveling public.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $518512
  • Contract Numbers:




  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Planning, Environment and Realty (HEP)
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Ohio Department of Transportation

    Research Program
    1980 West Broad Street
    Columbus, OH  United States  43223
  • Project Managers:

    Martindale, Jill

  • Performing Organizations:

    The Ohio State University

    2036 Neil Avenue
    Columbus, OH  United States  43210
  • Principal Investigators:

    Witter, Jonathan

  • Start Date: 20231002
  • Expected Completion Date: 20251002
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01894913
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 39893, 118071, 136661
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 28 2023 11:28AM