BryanG From United States of America, joined May 1999, 427 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 9 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1695 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.
PHLyBoy From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 70 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1600 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.
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29514 posts, RR: 59 Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1572 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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