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Conplast P509

constructive solutions

Water reducing admixture



To improve the effectiveness of the water content of a

concrete mix.

The optimum dosage of Conplast P509 to meet specific

requirements should always be determined by trials using
the materials and conditions that will be experienced in use.
The normal dosage range is 0.2 to 0.6 litres per 100 kg of
cementitious materials, including PFA, GGBFS and microsilica.

At higher dosages to provide a cost effective means of

reducing concrete permeability and thereby reducing
water penetration.

Use at other dosages

Particularly effective in improving compressive strength
of mixes containing PFA and GGBFS.

Dosages outside the normal range quoted above can be

used to meet particular mix requirements. Contact Fosroc
for advice in these cases.

Water reduction significantly improves compressive

strength at all ages and increases durability.


Allows workability to be increased without adding extra

Allows specified strength grades to be met at reduced
cement content or increased workability.

Specific gravity:
Chloride content:
Air entrainment:
Alkali content:

Chloride free, safe for use in pre-stressed and reinforced


Brown liquid
Typically 1.230 at 20 C
Nil to BS 5075
Typically less than 2% additional air
is entrained at normal dosages.
Typically less than 4.0 g. Na2O
equivalent/litre of admixture. A fact
sheet on this subject is available.

Standard compliance

Instruction for use

Conplast P509 complies with BS5075 Part 1 and with ASTM

C-494 as Type A and Type D, depending on dosage used.

Conplast P509 is compatible with other Fosroc admixtures

in the same concrete mix. All admixtures should be added
to the concrete separately and must not be mixed together
prior to addition. The performance of concrete containing
more than one admixture should be assessed by trial mixes.

Conplast P509 complies with the requirements of the United

Kingdom Water Fittings Byelaws Scheme and is listed in the
Directory of Materials as suitable for use in contact with
potable water.
Conplast P509 is a chloride free water-reducing admixture
based on a blend of selected lignosulphonate and
hydrolysed carbohydrate materials. It is supplied as a
brown solution which instantly disperses in water.
Conplast P509 disperses the fine particles in the concrete
mix, enabling the water content of the concrete to perform
more effectively and improving the consistency of the
concrete. This produces higher levels of workability for the
same water content, allowing benefits such as water
reduction and increased strength to be taken.
Technical support
Fosroc provides a technical advisory service for on-site
assistance and advice on mix design admixture selection,
evaluation trials and dispensing equipment.

Conplast P509 is suitable for use with all types of ordinary

Portland cements and cement replacement materials such
as PFA, GGBFS and micro-silica.
Effects on stiffening and set
Most water reducing admixtures produce some delay in the
stiffening of concrete, although the degree may vary.
Retardation is affected by factors other than the admixture,
depending on the mix details and conditions involved. Trials
to assess the effects in particular mix are strongly
recommended if this aspect is of particular importance.
Major factors which may lead to an increase in retardation
include the following:
(a) Cement replacement materials will usually give greater
levels of retardation than concrete mixes made with ordinary
Portland cement at the same admixture dosage.
(b) Low temperatures will give higher levels of retardation
for the same admixture dosage.
This is particularly
noticeable if cement replacement materials are used.

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Conplast P509
(c) Increased cement contents, which lead to higher total
levels of admixture in a cubic metre of concrete, may lead to
increased retardation being obtained.
(d) Changes in cement source or chemistry may lead to
variations in the retardation obtained. The amount of tricalcium aluminate in the cement has been identified as
being one of the main contributory factors in this respect,
with a lower level leading to greater retardation.
Increased retardation will be obtained at higher dosage. As
a guideline, dosages of 0.31 litres per 100 kg and above are
likely to be in the retarding category.
The correct quantity of Conplast P509 should be measured
by means of recommended dispenser. The admixture
should then be added to the concrete with the mixing water
to obtain the best results. Contact Fosroc for advice
regarding suitable equipment and its installation.
Effects of overdosing
An overdose of double the amount of Conplast P509 will
result in significant retardation. Provided that adequate
curing is maintained, the ultimate strength of the concrete
will not be impaired by increased retardation and will
generally be increased. The effects of overdosing will be
further increased if sulphate resisting cement or cement
replacement materials are used.
Over-dosage may also cause increased air entrainment,
which will tend to reduce strength. The degree of this effect
will depend on the particular mix design and overdose level.
Estimating - Packaging
Conplast P509 is available in drum or bulk supply.
larger users, storage tanks can be supplied.


Conplast P509 has a minimum shelf life of 12 months
provided the temperature is kept within the range of 2oC to
50oC. Should the temperature of the product fall outside
this range then the Fosroc Technical Service Department
should be contacted for advice.
Freezing point: Approximately 4 C

Health and safety
Conplast P509 does not fall into the hazard classifications of
current regulations (see notes 1 and 2 below). However, it
should not be swallowed or allowed to come into contact
with skin and eyes. Suitable protective gloves and goggles
should be worn.
Splashes on the skin should be removed with water. In
case of contact with eyes rinse immediately with plenty of
water and seek medical advice. If swallowed seek medical
attention immediately. Do not induce vomiting. For further
information consult the Material Safety Data Sheet available
for this product.
Conplast P509 is water based and non-flammable.
Cleaning and disposal
Spillages of Conplast P509 should be absorbed onto sand,
earth or vermiculate and transferred to suitable containers.
Remnants should be hosed down with large quantities of
The disposal of excess or waste material should be carried
out in accordance with local legislation under the guidance
of the local waste regulatory authority.
Note 1: CPL Regulations 1984 Supply-Schedule 1.
Note 2: HSE Publication Guidance Note EH40.

Important note:
Fosroc products are guaranteed against defective materials and manufacture and are sold subject to its standard Conditions
for the Supply of Goods and Services, copies of which may be obtained on request. Whilst Fosroc endeavours to ensure that
any advice, recommendation, specification of information it may give is accurate and correct, it cannot, because it has no direct
or continuous control over where or how its products are applied, accept any liability either directly or indirectly arising from the
use of its products, whether or not in accordance with any advice, specification, recommendation of information given by it.

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Saudi Arabia

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