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What Is "urea"?

Sun Mar 18, 2001 4:21 am

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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RE: What Is "urea"?

Sun Mar 18, 2001 4:35 am

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

RE: What Is "urea"?

Sun Mar 18, 2001 4:51 am

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

Sun Mar 18, 2001 10:57 am

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.
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RE: What Is

Sun Mar 18, 2001 11:34 am

It really "greens up" the airport property in the spring... could use some for my own lawn.
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RE: What Is "urea"?

Sun Mar 18, 2001 5:13 pm

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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RE: What Is

Sun Mar 18, 2001 6:51 pm

>>almost like snow.<<
Now, THAT is a good story!  Smile
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RE: What Is

Mon Mar 19, 2001 8:39 am

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..

RE: What Is

Mon Mar 19, 2001 12:28 pm

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

Just wondering
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RE: What Is "urea"?

Mon Mar 19, 2001 12:48 pm

Well then cows are good for food and aviation

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

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RE: What Is "urea"?

Tue Mar 20, 2001 11:40 pm

Synthetic cow piss, who would have ever thought it?
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RE: What Is "urea"?

Wed Mar 21, 2001 6:16 am

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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