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Anti-Icing Formulas Prevent Train Delays

Issue: 2012 Category: Transportation Category Icon - Transportation
Page: 50 Center: Ames Research Center
State: OH Manufacturer: Midwest Industrial Supply Inc.
Origin: Fluid for deicing aircraft
Tech Terms: Ethylene glycol, anti-icing, third rail
Abstract:
Because an airplane must be snow- and ice-free to fly safely, researchers at Ames Research Center devised a solution that prevented ice from sticking to the surface. Midwest Industrial Supply Inc. of Canton, Ohio, licensed the technology for use in anti-icing products for train tracks and switches. Now the products increase the company’s revenue by $300,000–$600,000 a year.
 
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Company: www.midwestind.com
PDF chart: http://spinoff.nasa.gov/Spinoff2012/Slides/MIS.pdf
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