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Accession Number PB2013-111552
Title Flame Hardened Underbody plow blades.
Publication Date Apr 2013
Media Count 4p
Personal Author J. Rehbein
Abstract Underbody plows and High Speed Ice Blades are an integral part of clearing Iowa roads of snow and ice during winter operations. Changing these blades requires crews to suspend plowing operations and return to the garage decreasing time spent clearing roads and increasing workplace hazards. A blade with a longer lifespan is desired. The Department is determining if using plow blades that have been flame hardened increase longevity of use over the Departments current underbody plow blades that are oven baked. This would reduce downtime and employee exposure to workplace hazards and increase productivity per dollar spent.
Keywords Flame hardened
High speed ice blades
Highway maintenance
Icy road conditions
Pavement damage
Pavement markings
Reduced visibility
Snow plow blades
Snow plows
Snow removal
Snoww plows
Underbody plows
Winter accidents

Source Agency Federal Highway Administration
NTIS Subject Category 85H - Road Transportation
50A - Highway Engineering
50C - Construction Equipment, Materials, & Supplies
91B - Transportation & Traffic Planning
43G - Transportation
48H - Snow, Ice, & Permafrost
Corporate Author Iowa Dept. of Transportation, Ames.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1325
Contract Number N/A

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