Astro-Cooler Helps Airline Store De-Icing Fluid
Posted onApril 04, 2023
De-icing fluid is a crucial component in ensuring the safety of aircraft during cold weather operations. Planes fly due to the lift provided by the very specific shape of its wings. Snow and ice accumulations on these surfaces literally change the shape of this critical structure and disrupts airflow, hindering the creation of lift.
De-icing fluids are typically ethylene glycol, or propylene glycol-based fluids containing water, corrosion inhibitors, wetting agents and dye. When applied to an aircraft, it forms a thin film on the surface and creates a chemical reaction that lowers the freezing point, which melts any ice or snow.
One large commercial aircraft can consume between 500 and 1000 gallons of diluted fluid in an application and the EPA estimates that approximately 25 million gallons are used each cold season in the U.S., annually. At an average cost of $13 per gallon, this represents a significant cost/investment for airlines. Keeping that investment safe from temperature damage in storage is both a safety and economic imperative.
De-icing fluids are particularly temperature sensitive. If the fluid is exposed to heat for an extended period during storage, it can degrade or break down, critically reducing its ability to perform its intended function.
This is why a major airline company approached Astro-Cooler Products to help them keep their stored de-icing fluid at a stable temperature, especially during the warm months of the year. After extensive testing, our Astro-Quilt covers are now protecting totes of de-icing fluid to minimize product loss at airports throughout the country. Our affordable passive thermal solution has provided significant cost savings to the airline.
If you store or transport de-icing fluid or other temperature sensitive chemicals, email Reilly@astrocooler.com or use our contact us form to find out more about how our products can help you protect your investments and save money on shipping.