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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 4343167, 6 pages
Research Article

Experimental Investigation of Concrete Runway Snow Melting Utilizing Heat Pipe Technology

1China Airport Construction Group Corporation, Beijing, China
2Beijing Super-Creative Technology Co., Ltd., Beijing, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Fengchen Chen

Received 10 August 2017; Accepted 26 December 2017; Published 7 February 2018

Academic Editor: Ahmed Al-Salaymeh

Copyright © 2018 Fengchen Chen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A full scale snow melting system with heat pipe technology is built in this work, which avoids the negative effects on concrete structure and environment caused by traditional deicing chemicals. The snow melting, ice-freezing performance and temperature distribution characteristics of heat pipe concrete runway were discussed by the outdoor experiments. The results show that the temperature of the concrete pavement is greatly improved with the heat pipe system. The environment temperature and embedded depth of heat pipe play a dominant role among the decision variables of the snow melting system. Heat pipe snow melting pavement melts the snow completely and avoids freezing at any time when the environment temperature is below freezing point, which is secure enough for planes take-off and landing. Besides, the exportation and recovery of geothermal energy indicate that this system can run for a long time. This paper will be useful for the design and application of the heat pipe used in the runway snow melting.