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Concrete Superplasticizers

By Felipe Perez

What is a superplasticizer        Developed in the 1960’s First used in Japan and Germany Introduced in the U. in the 1970’s Neutralizes the surface charges Causes dispersion Releases water in cement particles Reduces viscosity  Linear polymers containing sulfonic acid groups  Sulfonated melamineformaldehyde condensates  Sulfonated nephthaleneformaldehyde condensates  Modified lignosulfonates  Polycarboxylate derivatives .S.

000 psi in 7 day break) .Main Purpose  Produce flowing concrete (7”-9” slump increase)  Easy placement (picture: concrete will fill all gaps between rebar)  High-strength (reaches up to 14.

Important factors     Type of plasticizer Dosage Time of addition of superplasticizer Amount of cement .

Benefits  Reduce machine wear (concrete on picture will go from this 1” slump to 9” slump)     Better surface texture Improve strength in less time Reduce absorption Eliminate fine cracks .

sealed forms .Disadvantages   High cost Brief action (picture: restoration of the Queen Isabella Causeway after collapse in Sep. 2001. time was very important)  Need strong. 15.

precastconcretebc.chemisol.com http://www.org/adva .org http://www.gov/infrastructure http://www.com http://www.fhwa.References       http://www.reefball.dot.fritzpak.com http://www.edpsciences.