Product Data

BIOMELT® D55F Anti-Icing / Deicing Fluid

DESCRIPTION

BIOMELT® D55F anti-icing/deicing fluid is made from a natural, agricultural product blended with potassium acetate liquid that features ice control performance equal or superior to traditional brines. BIOMELT® D55F anti-icing/deicing fluid is less corrosive than distilled water. BIOMELT® D55F anti-icing/deicing fluid is derived from renewable resources providing an attractive choice where environmental and corrosion concerns are important.


TYPICAL PROPERTIES

  Appearance: Clear-blue-green
  Specific Gravity: 1.27
    10.6 pounds per gallon
  pH: 8.9
  Water Miscibility: Complete

 

APPLICATIONS

BIOMELT® D55F anti-icing/deicing fluid is highly effective for anti-icing and deicing. The suggested usage levels should be considered as starting points and should be adjusted as needed based on operator experience and to meet local conditions such as current and expected road and air temperatures, precipitation, traffic volume, etc.

Anti-icing

  • For sidewalks and parking lots, apply 1 fluid ounce per
    square yard.
  • Apply in a configuration to give large droplets in a manner to
    adequately cover target surfaces in the recommended
    rate given for Pre and Post use.
  • Begin application when the pavement temperature is expected
    to drop to 32°F or below, ideally as precipitation is beginning.

Benefits:

  • Prevents ice and snow from sticking to the pavement, making removal easier.
  • Lowers maintenance costs be reducing applications/quantities needed.
  • No dust-causing abrasives needed.
  • Less runoff than salt brine or potassium acetate liquid.

Deicing

  • For sidewalks and parking lots, apply 2 fluid ounces per square yard.
  • Stream apply. Do not fan spray or mist.
  • Allow to penetrate accumulation then plow as usual.
 

Benefits:

  • Starts thawing immediately. No sunshine needed.
  • Eats through hardpack to spread along the pavement.
  • Breaks the bond between the ice and snow and the roadway.
  • Makes removal easier.
  • No dust-causing abrasives needed.
  • Less runoff than salt brine or potassium acetate liquid.


PERFORMANCE

BIOMELT® D55F anti-icing/deicing fluid is supplied ready to use and is designed as a direct replacement for salt brine in existing equipment. However, BIOMELT® D55F anti-icing/deicing fluid works at temperatures where salt brine is no longer effective. Anti-icing performance equal to salt brine can be achieved with less BIOMELT® D55F anti-icing/deicing fluid; therefore, fewer gallons are needed to achieve the same performance as salt brine. That means more area covered per truckload with less equipment corrosion.

Freezing Point Depression

1. Effective of Dilution on Freezing Point - BIOMELT® D55F anti-icing/deicing fluid has a predicted freezing point of –59.1°F which is 54°F lower than salt brine as show in the following graph and table.

Freezing Point (°F)

% Original strength 0% 25% 50% 60% 75% 80% 90% 100%
BIOMELT® D55F 32.0 5.5 - 24.2 - -47.2 -57.4 predicted -59.1 predicted
23% NaCI Brine 32.0 25.6 18.0 14.4 - 5.9 0.7 -5.2

BIOMELT® D55F anti-icing/deicing fluid not only offers performance superior to salt brine, but it’s superior anti-icing performance remains even after subsequent precipitation dilutes the product. For example, referring to the above graph, when diluted to 34% of its original strength, BIOMELT® D55F anti-icing/deicing fluid still performs as effectively as freshly applied salt brine.

2. Phase Diagram – refer to the following graph for a phase diagram of BIOMELT® D55F anti-icing/deicing fluid, NaCI brine, and CaCI2 brine, MgCI2, ,and potassium acetate liquid.


Viscosity

In addition to its superior ice-melting performance, BIOMELT® D55F anti-icing/deicing fluid is more viscous than salt brine or potassium acetate liquid, particularly at reduced temperatures, making it especially suited for anti-icing applications where runoff is a problem. However, BIOMELT® D55F anti-icing/deicing fluid is still fluid enough to flow readily during application. Viscosity profiles at various temperatures are shown in the following graph and table.

Viscosity(centipoise)

Temperature 5°F 15°F 25°F 75°F
BIOMELT® D55F 22 14 13 5
23% NaCI Brine 1.7 1.5 1.5 1.2

Corrosion

Testing has shown BIOMELT® D55F anti-icing/deicing fluid to be less corrosive than distilled water. BIOMELT® D55F anti-icing/deicing fluid can be an effective part of your corrosion control programs.

The information and recommendations in this publication are, to the best of the seller’s knowledge, accurate. However, because of numerous factors affecting test results, seller makes no warranty of any kind, express or implied, other than the product conforms to its applicable current standard specifications. Statements concerning the use of the products or formulations described herein are not to be construed as recommending the infringement of any patent.