Deicing | OctoAir™, Industrial Diffuser

OctoAir™-10 industrial diffuser for aeration
OCTO AIR Industrial diffuserOCTO AIR Industrial diffuser for deicingDeicing between concrete retention wall and barge

OctoAir™, Industrial Diffuser for Deicing


Applications that require an industrial diffuser for deicing that is corrosion resistant, maneuverable and extremely efficient are well served by OctoAir™. Field crews report it is easy to install, easy to maintain, and overall an excellent design.

Technical specifications

OctoAir-60 compared to an OctoAir-10OctoAir™ is an industrial grade diffuser for deicing or aeration, that has exceptional SOTE, SOTR and SAE performance data since integral to its design is our exclusive Bubble Tubing®.

OctoAir™ is a high-performance Canadian-made industrial grade deicer and aeration diffuser designed for industries or municipalities. The OctoAir™ heavy duty design includes a rugged 316 stainless steel frame, adjustable legs and our exclusive Bubble Tubing® diffuser. Integral in the OctoAir™ frame is a unique clasping system designed exclusively for our Bubble Tubing®. All Bubble Tubing® in the OctoAir™ resists deterioration when exposed to a wide range of chemicals, salinity, pH and temperature.

Note: OctoAir™ industrial diffuser is also used for aeration applications. Please visit this page to find out more about aerating with OctoAir™.

Installation of OctoAir diffusers for ferry crossing

Designed by and fabricated in Canada, the unique OctoAir™  design meets our strict specifications for an industrial grade air diffuser:

  • Robust construction that resists weathering, transportation, handling, chemicals, temperature gradients, foul water, salinity etc.
  • Highest quality of component parts available on the market: the diffuser is our Bubble Tubing®, made to our exact specifications.
  • No moving parts in the water reduce maintenance and wear over time.
  • Intelligent design eases installation, reduces maintenance and saves money in operational costs.
  • Equally effective as a deicer as an aerator.

Are you looking for a technologically innovative diffuser for a deicing contract bid? Contact us for a quote.

Specifications – Compare Our 2 OctoAir™ Diffusers

Reduction of pathogens
Reduction of pathogens
DiffuserSupport in 316 Stainless Steel
4 adjustable legs*
100 ft (30 m) 1/2" Bubble Tubing®, non weighted
Check valve
Torpedo™ Tubing Airline Feeder Hose
Support in 316 Stainless Steel
4 adjustable legs*
300 ft (90 m) 3/4" Bubble Tubing®, non weighted
Check valve
Torpedo™ Tubing Airline Feeder Hose
DeliveryAssembledUnassembled (assembly required)
OptionsMarker Buoy
Anodes for salt and/or brackish waters
Marker Buoy
Anodes for salt and/or brackish waters
DIMENSIONSDiameter48'' (122 cm)96'' (244 cm)
Weight65 lb (29,4 kg)**315 lb (143 kg)
AssemblyLegs onlyRequired
PRESSIONMaximum50 PSI (3,4 BAR)70 PSI (4,8 BAR)
Minimum20 PSI (1,4 BAR)20 PSI (1,4 BAR)

(*) The raised adjustable legs keep the Bubble Tubing® off the basin floor. Custom made legs, available upon request.
(**) Several OctoAir-10™ can be stacked one on the other to facilitate transportation on pallets.

OctoAir™-10 industrial grade diffuser for deicing and aeration

OctoAir™ Tech Sheets

The OctoAir-60™ was designed and developed specifically for large scale industrial de-icing projects. With an air flow rate of up to 75 CFM, 300 feet of ¾” Bubble Tubing® contained in the structure of the OctoAir-60™ allows for greater oxygen transfer performance. Also, the design of the diffuser allows feeding air into the ¾” Bubble Tubing® from both ends. Applications that require a diffuser of industrial strength, corrosion resistance, easy manoeuvrability, and high efficiency will be well served with the OctoAir-60™.

Operation and cleaning

Feb. 2015: Record low temperature but OctoAir™ diffuser creates significant ice opening on the lake.

Compressed air is pushed through airline delivery hose to the OctoAir™ diffuser. Micro bubbles are simultaneously released through the micro holes along the entire length of Bubble Tubing®.  An extremely even bubble pattern (a trademark of Bubble Tubing®, the aeration tubing integrated into the OctoAir™ frame) releases high levels of oxygen while creating important lift that carries warmer, denser water from the bottom of a basin to the underside of the ice layer at the surface. The OctoAir™ diffuser also changes the warm water density by introducing air into the water. This reduction in density with the steady release of the bubbles produce optimum warm water circulation and subsequent ice melting.

In situations where the OctoAir™  is already in place, it provides reliable and efficient prevention of ice build up even in the coldest temperatures.

No moving parts or electricity in the water means very low operational costs.

Cleaning your diffuser with BioPurge (PDF): OctoAir™  will require Biopurge to clean the diffuser once per year depending on water conditions. The diffuser remains in the water for cleaning, as the Biopurge is poured in the airline hose from the compressor. Maintenance has never been easier!

Start-up procedure Bubble Tubing OctoAir (PDF)

Markets for OctoAir™ Industrial Diffuser for Deicing

Industrial Barge deicing with OctoAir™-10 to service hydro-electric systems in winter

  • Channel Deicing
  • Cargo ships at dock
  • Tailing ponds
  • Infrastructure protection: dams, pilings, breakwaters
  • Floating barges & dredges
  • Water intakes
  • Oil fields sector
  • Mining sector
  • Hydro electric sector
  • Nuclear sector (cooling water intake)
  • Fish farming
  • Any application requiring water de-icing

OctoAir™  Video Playlist on YouTube


Contact us for assistance with layout design, compressor sizing or any other detail to see your project to fruition. Our expertise in the field of deicing is unparalleled in Canada.  We can save you valuable time and money.

Safety concerns

Due to the dangerous nature of open water and thin ice caused by any deicer system, it is imperative to take proper precautions (barriers, signage etc.) to warn of the dangers of thin ice.  Verify with local authorities if deicing is in compliance with local regulations.