Potassium formate is an excellent snow melting agent.
Acetate can also be used as a deicer, but it brings a strong smell of acetic acid in the air, and it will cause a certain degree of corrosion to the ground or the buildings. Potassium formate does not only has good snow melting performance but also overcomes all the drawbacks of acetate.
Liquid potassium formate deicing and snow melting agent are mainly used on airport runways, taxiways and aprons to maximize the friction coefficient of the runways and ensure the safety in taking-off, landing or taxiing.
Potassium formate deicing and snow melting agent are non-nitrogen salts with low chlorine. They have neither dangerous components nor any pollution factors. They are not harmful to humans and aquatic animals, and can be completely biodegraded in water. It causes no biological oxygen consumption, so this deicer is a very environmentally friendly. Therefore, potassium formate can also be used to formulate the deicing fluid for aircrafts.
The working principles of the deicing and snow melting agent is to loose and eliminate the adhesion between the road surface and the ice or snow, so that the freezing or snow is can be removed more easily by the snow or ice sweepers.
In the airport runway de-icing or snow melting, this agent can be used easily by the general spraying equipment of the airport.