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ACRP AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM REPORT 45 Sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration Optimizing the Use of Aircraft Deicing and Anti-Icing Fluids
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ACRP OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE* TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD 2011 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE* CHAIR OFFICERS James Wilding CHAIR: Neil J. Pedersen, Administrator, Maryland State Highway Administration, Baltimore Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (re- VICE CHAIR: Sandra Rosenbloom, Professor of Planning, University of Arizona, Tucson tired) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Robert E. Skinner, Jr., Transportation Research Board VICE CHAIR MEMBERS Jeff Hamiel MinneapolisSt. Paul J. Barry Barker, Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City, Louisville, KY Metropolitan Airports Commission Deborah H. Butler, Executive Vice President, Planning, and CIO, Norfolk Southern Corporation, Norfolk, VA MEMBERS William A.V. Clark, Professor, Department of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles James Crites Eugene A. Conti, Jr., Secretary of Transportation, North Carolina DOT, Raleigh DallasFort Worth International Airport James M. 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AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM ACRP REPORT 45 Optimizing the Use of Aircraft Deicing and Anti-Icing Fluids John D'Avirro Michael Chaput APS AVIATION INC. Montreal, QC Subscriber Categories Aviation · Maintenance and Preservation · Environment · Operations and Traffic Management Research sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD WASHINGTON, D.C. 2011 www.TRB.org
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AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM ACRP REPORT 45 Airports are vital national resources. They serve a key role in trans- Project 10-01 portation of people and goods and in regional, national, and inter- ISSN 1935-9802 national commerce. They are where the nation's aviation system ISBN 978-0-309-15551-9 connects with other modes of transportation and where federal respon- Library of Congress Control Number 2011924371 sibility for managing and regulating air traffic operations intersects with the role of state and local governments that own and operate most © 2011 National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. airports. Research is necessary to solve common operating problems, to adapt appropriate new technologies from other industries, and to introduce innovations into the airport industry. 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COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAMS CRP STAFF FOR ACRP REPORT 45 Christopher W. Jenks, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Crawford F. Jencks, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Michael R. Salamone, ACRP Manager Edward T. Harrigan, Senior Program Officer Melanie Adcock, Senior Program Assistant Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Margaret B. Hagood, Editor ACRP PROJECT 10-01 PANEL Field of Operations Jorge E. Panteli, McFarland-Johnson, Inc., Concord, NH (Chair) Janell Barrilleaux, Federal Aviation Administration, Renton, WA John A. Lengel, Jr., Gresham, Smith and Partners, Columbus, OH Danuta Leszczynska, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS Alec J. Simpson, Transport Canada, Ottawa, ON Bryan C. Wagoner, Wayne County (MI) Airport Authority, Detroit, MI George Legarreta, FAA Liaison Richard Marchi, Airports Council InternationalNorth America Liaison Christine Gerencher, TRB Liaison
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FOREWORD By Edward T. Harrigan Staff Officer Transportation Research Board ACRP Report 45: Optimizing the Use of Aircraft Deicing and Anti-Icing Fluids provides practical technical guidance on procedures and technologies to reduce the use of aircraft deicing and anti-icing fluids (ADAF) while maintaining safe aircraft operations across the wide range of winter weather conditions found in the United States and Canada. This guid- ance is presented as (1) a series of best management practices that are immediately imple- mentable and (2) the detailed findings and recommendations of experiments to evaluate holdover time determination systems, spot deicing for aircraft frost removal, and ADAF dilutions. The report will be of direct interest to airport and airline staff responsible for air- craft deicing and anti-icing operations and the mitigation of their environmental impacts. Current understanding of the mechanisms of the formation, retention, and removal of ice from critical aircraft surfaces is incomplete, leading to conservative deicing and anti- icing practices that may waste some portion of the ADAF used for this critical function. Fur- ther, airports are under regulatory pressure to minimize the quantity of spent ADAF dis- charged to waterways or sewage treatment plants because the fluids can contribute to aquatic toxicity, excessive chemical and biological oxygen demand, and deterioration of the airport infrastructure. Mitigation of storm water runoff containing ADAF can require the expenditure of sums in excess of $10 million at individual airports. The objective of ACRP Project 10-01 was to identify procedures and technologies that optimize the use of ADAF, thus reducing their environmental impact while assuring safe aircraft operations in conditions requiring deicing and anti-icing. The project was con- ducted by APS Aviation, Inc., Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The project team first reviewed the worldwide literature to identify a wide range of pro- cedures and technologies to optimize ADAF use and then conducted a combination of engi- neering analyses and laboratory and field experiments to measure and validate the effective- ness of the most promising procedures and technologies selected in consultation with the ACRP project panel. The report is organized into five chapters. Chapter 1 is a concise summary of the research conducted in the project. Chapter 2 presents the key findings of a literature review to iden- tify technologies and procedures that could potentially optimize ADAF use and reduce envi- ronmental impact while maintaining or even enhancing the safety of aircraft operations. In addition, Chapter 2 describes the results of a focus group organized to gain industry insights and feedback on current and future ADAF optimization practices. The focus group looked at 34 potential optimization technologies and procedures, many of which were ultimately deemed to possess technical or operational deficiencies, or to not offer an adequate envi-
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ronmental or operational enhancement, and were thus eliminated from further examina- tion with the concurrence of the ACRP project panel. Chapter 3 presents the results of field experiments conducted at four airports in the United States and Canada to examine whether a holdover time (HOT) precipitation sensor at a single location can reliably report precipitation conditions for an entire airport. The experiment was carried out by measuring precipitation intensity simultaneously at several sites at an airport during winter weather events. The experimental results indicate that dif- ferences in between-site HOTs for snow can be significant to the operation, and that they are a function of distance. Specifically, the differences in HOT generated from different sites begins to impact the operation when the sites are separated by mid-range distances (7,000 to 13,500 ft), and have a definite impact at long separation distances (on the order of 28,000 ft). Chapter 4 presents the findings of an investigation into the use of spot deicing for frost removal, which is a procedure that involves deicing small frost-contaminated spots on air- craft wings in lieu of deicing the entire wings. A significant number of operators are not familiar with the spot deicing procedure; training, lack of qualified individuals to make assessments, and asymmetrical application are obstacles to its use. As a result of this proj- ect, guidance material for spot deicing for frost removal will be incorporated into SAE ARP 4737. A cost-benefit model and presentation aids were prepared to assist operators in assess- ing the benefits of implementing spot deicing for frost removal in their operations and con- sequentially encouraging its use. In Chapter 5, the results of an investigation to assess the use of ADAF dilutions and to ascertain potential savings in the use of glycol for deicing and anti-icing of aircraft are doc- umented. ADAF dilutions are not widely used, although adequate regulations and guide- lines for their use exist. Indeed, their use can be shown to be cost beneficial for many oper- ations. A cost-benefit model and presentation aids were developed to give operators the tools they need to assess whether implementing the use of fluid dilutions would be benefi- cial for their operation. The final part of the report presents 16 Fact Sheets describing promising technologies and procedures from Chapter 2, singly or in combination, in the form of readily implementable best management practices. The Fact Sheets complement those in ACRP Project 02-02, "Managing Runoff From Aircraft and Airfield Deicing and Anti-Icing Operations," as pres- ented in ACRP Report 14: Deicing Planning Guidelines and Practices for Stormwater Manage- ment Systems. Each Fact Sheet includes (1) a description of the technology or procedure; (2) implementation considerations; and (3) cost information. The appendixes from the contractor's final report, computational tools, and presentation media may be downloaded from the ACRP Project 10-01 webpage at http://apps.trb.org/ cmsfeed/TRBNetProjectDisplay.asp?ProjectID=122.
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CONTENTS 1 Chapter 1 Project Summary 1 Phase I: Promising De/Anti-Icing Source Reduction Practices 1 Phase II: Research and Development on Four Selected Topics 1 Fact Sheets for De/Anti-Icing Optimization 1 Holdover Time Variance Across an Airfield 2 Increased Use of Spot Deicing for Aircraft Frost Removal 2 Increased Use of Aircraft De/Anti-Icing Fluid Dilutions 3 Chapter 2 Promising De/Anti-Icing Source Reduction Practices 3 Introduction 3 Objective 3 Organization 4 Research Approach 4 Literature Review and Data Examination 5 Focus Group 5 Survey 6 Findings and Applications 6 Aircraft De/Anti-Icing Optimization Technologies and Procedures 6 Preliminary List of De/Anti-Icing Optimization Technologies and Procedures 7 Elimination of Items with Low Potential for Success 7 Development of Final List of Technologies and Procedures 9 Focus Group Survey Inputs on Final List of Technologies and Procedures 17 Overall Ranking of Optimization Technologies and Procedures 22 Conclusions and Recommendations 22 Conclusions 22 Recommendations for Further Study 23 Recommendations for Phase II 24 Bibliography 28 Chapter 3 Holdover Time Variance Across an Airfield 28 Introduction 28 Preliminary Testing (Winter 200708) 28 Additional Testing (Winter 200809) 29 Research Approach and Methodologies 29 Test Procedures for Data Collection 29 Focus Airports 29 Test Locations and Remote Test Unit 29 Equipment and Methodology for Precipitation Measurement 30 Sequence of Events 32 Personnel 32 Data Forms
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32 Description of Data and Methodology Used to Process 32 Tests Conducted 38 Summary of Test Events 38 Test Data Log 38 Scatter Diagram of Logged Data 41 Data Analysis 44 Findings and Applications 44 Between-Site Differences in HOT 47 Examination of Site Separation Distance 49 Examination of Lake-Effect Snowfall on HOT Differences 51 Comparison of HOTDS Results to Current Operational Practices 52 HOTDS Implementation Strategy and Timeline 53 Conclusions and Recommendations 53 Conclusions 54 Recommendations 55 References 56 Chapter 4 Increased Use of Spot Deicing for Aircraft Frost Removal 56 Introduction 56 Deicing for Frost Removal 56 Spot Deicing for Frost Removal 56 Objective 57 Research Approach and Methodologies 57 Examination of Current Government and Industry Regulations, Guidance Materials, and Standards 57 Laboratory Tests 61 Focus Group Survey 63 Cost-Benefit Model 63 Step 1: Examination of Potential Cost-Benefit Model Parameters 64 Step 2: Cost-Benefit Model Development and Testing 65 Findings and Applications 65 Examination of Current Government and Industry Regulations, Guidance Material, and Standards 66 Laboratory Tests 68 Focus Group Survey 69 Cost-Benefit Model 70 Conclusions, Recommendations, and Suggested Research 70 Conclusions 72 Recommendations 73 Suggested Research 74 Chapter 5 Increased Use of Aircraft De/Anti-Icing Fluid Dilutions 74 Introduction 74 Background 74 Objective 75 Research Approach and Methodologies 75 Examination of Current Government and Industry Regulations, Guidance Materials, and Standards Related to the Use of Fluid Dilutions 75 Focus Group Survey
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77 Cost-Benefit Model 77 Step 1: Examination of Potential Cost-Benefit Model Parameters 77 Step 2: Cost-Benefit Model Development and Testing 80 Findings and Applications 80 Examination of Current Government and Industry Regulations, Guidance Material, and Standards Related to the Use of Fluid Dilutions 81 Findings of the Focus Group Survey 83 Application of Findings to Current Practice 86 Application of Findings to Create Cost-Benefit Model 87 Conclusions and Recommendations 87 Conclusions 91 Recommendations 92 Appendixes Note: Many of the photographs, figures, and tables in this report have been converted from color to grayscale for printing. The electronic version of the report (posted on the Web at www.trb.org) retains the color versions.