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Title:Performance Evaluation of Snow and Ice Plows
Contributor(s):Elhouar, Souhail; Dragoo, Drew; Khodair, Yasser; Lee, Yoon-Si
Subject(s):snow removal
ice removal
plow performance
best practices
finite element modeling of plows
plow instrumentation
Geographic Coverage:Illinois; northern tier United States
Abstract:Removal of ice and snow from road surfaces is a critical task in the northern tier of the United States, including Illinois. Highways with high levels of traffic are expected to be cleared of snow and ice quickly after each snow storm. This is necessary for maintaining the safety of the public and the efficiency of the highway system. In 2011, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) initiated a research project to conduct a comprehensive study to evaluate the performance of snow and ice plows. The project targeted several plow performance indicators including blade type, scraping forces, and shock acceleration, among other suggested parameters. The project involved a literature review, a synthesis of best practices in snow and ice plowing operations, development of a plow and blade performance evaluation procedure, instrumentation of a snow plow and the carrying out of field tests, development of finite element models to synthesize a comprehensive performance database, and documentation of project results.
Issue Date:2015-11
Publisher:llinois Center for Transportation/Illinois Department of Transportation
Citation Info:Souhail Elhouar, Drew Dragoo, Yasser Khodair, and Yoon-Si Lee. 2015. Performance Evaluation of Snow and Ice Plows. A report of the findings of ICT-R27-094. Illinois Center for Transportation Series 15-007. Research Report FHWA-ICT-15-007. Illinois Center for Transportation, Rantoul, IL.
Series/Report:Illinois Transportation Series 15-007/Research Report FHWA-ICT-15-007
Genre:Technical Report
Sponsor:Illinois Department of Transportation, R27-094
Rights Information:No restrictions. This document is available to the public through the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22161
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-11-23

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