Environmental Sciences Fair Project
Which deicers work the fastest and damage plant life the least

Projects by Grade Level
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th
Home Advanced Award Winning Warning!
Project Information
Title: What kind of ice melting products (deicers) work the fastest and damage plant life the least?
Subject: Environmental Sciences
Grade level: Elementary School - Grades 4-6
Academic Level: Ordinary
Project Type: Experimental
Cost: Low
Awards: 2nd place, Canada Wide Virtual Science Fair
Affiliation: Canada Wide Virtual Science Fair
Year: 2010
Description: Ice melting products were poured onto ice cubes; melting time was recorded. Bean seeds were watered with different diluted deicers, plant development was recorded over time. Crocus plants' leaves were sprayed with diluted products; leaves' condition and plant development were recorded over time.
Link: www.virtualsciencefair.org...

Toxicity of Deicing Fluids

The toxicity of deicing fluids is an environmental concern, and research is underway to find less toxic alternatives. For example, the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is currently studying a chemical known as METSS ADF-2. Other strategies can be used to minimize the environmental impact such as collecting used fluid and using the maximum dilution consistent with safety. In 2009 the first use of a biological-based deice fluid was announced. Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline announced that it would be using a Kilfrost product containing 1,3-propanediol, a fermentation product of corn

More recently, organic compounds have been developed that reduce the environmental issues connected with salts and have longer residual effects when spread on roadways, usually in conjunction with salt brines or solids. These compounds are generated as byproducts of agricultural operations such as sugar beet refining or the distillation process that produces ethanol. Additionally, mixing common rock salt with some of the organic compounds and magnesium chloride results in spreadable materials that are both effective to much colder temperatures (-30F/-34C) as well as at lower overall rates of spreading per unit area.

For More Information: Deicing

Source: Wikipedia (All text is available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License)

Useful Links
Science Fair Projects Resources
Citation Guides, Style Manuals, Reference
General Safety Resources
Electrical Safety FAQ
Environmental Sciences Fair Projects

Ecology Science Fair Projects

Environmental Sciences Experiments


Projects Home
Primary School
Elementary School
Middle School
High School
Easy Projects
Award Winning
Popular Ideas
Branches of Science

Science Fair Project Guide
Science Fair Project Types
The Scientific Method - How to Experiment
The Display Board
Topics, Ideas, Sample Projects

Repeat Famous Experiments and Inventions
Science Jokes Science Trivia
Scientists & Inventors

Read for Free
The Science Fair
A Juvenile Science Adventure Novel
by Julian T. Rubin

Human Abridged Wikipedia Articles

My Dog Kelly

Follow Us On:

Privacy Policy - Site Map - About Us - Letters to the Editor

Comments and inquiries:

Last updated: January 2018
Copyright 2003-2018 Julian Rubin