Trillium Products are regularly tested to ensure quality standards are maintained using test methods and laboratory equipment necessary to guarantee product performance. Products are analyzed throughout the production processes, using in-house lab resources, and also regularly through independent lab consultants.
In addition to lab testing products have experienced field trials to determine their effectiveness under real-world environmental conditions - where it matters most.
The analysis and field applications performed on Trillium's chloride based products support its ability to satisfy many industry standards that include summer and winter performance, environmental and safety considerations. A summary of the most significant credentials follow:
Ontario Standard Specification OPSS2510 as amended April 2015......view OPSS2501
Trillium's concentrated calcium-magnesium solutions are processed to satisfy the summer and winter applications respectively of Ontario's OPSS2501 for calcium chloride.
Ontario Road Authority-Accepted for Use:
Trillium's natural 20% calcium/magnesium solutions and processed 35% calcium-magnesium solution have received The Ontario Road Authority's "Accepted for Use" designation.
Ontario Ministry of Transportation - Exemption for Mastermelt Product Line.......view Letter
Trillium's Mastermelt product line satisfies the Ministry's guidelines for winter use as a direct liquid and pre-wet agent and are accordingly exempt from restrictions applicable to mixed natural brine solutions.
Quebec Government Certificate of Conformity - BNQ........ view Certificate - English / view Certificate - French
Trillium's 35% calcium-magnesium solution has satisfied the rigorous chemical, performance, toxicological/environmental tests required for use by Quebec municipalities annually since 2012 and holds the Certificate of Conformity for this product.
a) Calcium-Magnesium Solutions- 29% to 38% blends........ view - DM35.......29 - 35% Cal-Mag Solution
b) Dustmaster20 - Natural multi-chloride brine 20% calcium chloride equivalency........ view MSDS DM20
c) Mastermelt Series Winter Mixed natural Brines........ view MSDS
University of Windsor- FedEv Study 2112 on Dust Control and Road Stabilization
In 2012 the University of Windsor, under the auspices of the FedDev Ontario ARC Program, conducted a study of the concentrated calcium-magnesium chloride brine currently marketed by Trillium as DM35.
The study took over six months to complete using an environmental chamber testing and comparing commonly used 35% calcium chloride, 30% magnesium chloride to the concentrated calcium-magnesium brine now marketed as DM35 Temperatures and humidity levels were varied to reflect what actually would be experienced under true environmental conditions. Moisture absorption and retention were measured under these varying conditions over time and the results were carefully recorded, plotted and tabulated.
The following statement is an excerpt from the conclusion of the study by Wei Feng, M.Eng (doctoral candidate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering ) and Keith Taylor, PHD, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Windsor.
"According to the hygroscopicity and recovery tests conducted here, the concentrated brine has shown a very close water uptake ability, recovery and stability as commercial calcium chloride and magnesium chloride under summer conditions. "
When tested against 30% magnesium chloride, the concentrated brine, in fact showed an "equal to" or greater than ability to absorb water from the environment at 25C and 70% relative humidity. (see graph below) Trillium's concentrated brine (DM35) continued to collect moisture up to 55 hours where it leveled off and held moisture for the duration of the test.