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What Is "urea"?  
User currently offlineBryanG From United States of America, joined May 1999, 429 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 1 month 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1897 times:

Yesterday I flew through IAD on ACA. Outside or gate in the B terminal I saw a yellow trash can on wheels with "UREA" spraypainted on the side. Does anyone know what that's for? I hope it doesn't hold the kind of "urea" that first came to mind.



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User currently offlineOldman From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1846 times:

Urea is pellet form of nitrogen. Airports use it to de ice ramps etc. On the farm here it is used for fertilizer. Regards.

User currently offlineJetguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1830 times:

Oldman gave the polite answer. Urea is a derived from urine. In other words, it dried cow piss.


User currently offlinePHLyBoy From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1802 times:

It is a white pellet form of ice melter used during winter/icy ops , at airports mostly because of its non-corrosive to aircraft parts qualities. As far as I know it is more expensive than salt, but in the long run, a lot better since Airlines generally don't like replacing massively expensive parts because they chose to save a few bucks on salt instead.

User currently offlineJG From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1785 times:

It really "greens up" the airport property in the spring... could use some for my own lawn.

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29690 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1774 times:

Actually Urea is made from Natural Gas and a couple of other chemicals. I think chlorine is another big component.

There is a plant in Nikiski, Alaska that manufactures it. They draw their natural gas supply from the Swanson and Cook Inlet gas fields.

I remember being told that all of these chemicals which are gasses are blown into an airtight building they gather and mix near the roof and the urea falls to the ground as flakes......almost like snow.



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User currently offlineDC10hound From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 463 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 month 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1768 times:

>>almost like snow.<<
Now, THAT is a good story!  Smile



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User currently offlineOldman From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 month 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1755 times:

Yea, sure, I agree with DC10 and if you belive all that I could sell you some ocean front property in Nebraska Keep the tail Behind you..

User currently offlineJetguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 1 month 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1740 times:

Does this have anything to do with the old saying, "Don't eat yellow snow"?

Just wondering


User currently offlineBryan Becker From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 333 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 1 month 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1737 times:

Well then cows are good for food and aviation

Man+cow=food Man+dried cow piss=aviation Big thumbs up



Bryan Becker


User currently offlineJetguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 1 month 14 hours ago) and read 1712 times:

Synthetic cow piss, who would have ever thought it?

User currently offlineMr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (13 years 1 month 8 hours ago) and read 1694 times:

If the trash can held the kind of "UREA" that first came to your mind, BryanG, it would have been spraypainted "Honey Bucket!" At least, that's what we called it when I used to work on the ramp.


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