Iowa State studies heated pavements that melt ice & snow

AMES, Iowa- Iowa State researchers like the results they're seeing, from a heated-pavement system.

They installed it near a Des Moines Airport gate in 2016 and more recently at the DOT's Ames headquarters. ISU Civil Engineering Professor Halil Ceylan says it won't eliminate the need for snow-plows, but it could be useful at icy bridge decks or well-traveled sidewalks at rest stops.

The system features electrodes, carbon fibers, and sensors in the concrete. The heat that's generated, melts snow and ice.

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