Durability Enhancers

Extending the life of concrete structures: An important factor in understanding embodied carbon is determining the service life of the concrete structure itself. Obviously, improving the durability of concrete has a sizeable impact on how long the structure will last, and thereby an impact on the structure’s carbon footprint. There are several additives to concrete that can increase the service life of structures

Corrosion inhibitors or synthetic macro fibers

Durability enhancers, such as corrosion inhibitors or synthetic macro fibers, can extend the lifecycle of a concrete structure. Durable structures tend to be safer, more cost efficient over time, and more environmentally friendly, because they reduce environmental impacts related to repair and replacement.

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  • STRUX® Fibers.

    Synthetic macro fibers. Extend the lifecycle of concrete structures. Reduce operating time and product waste. Eliminate the hazards inherent in placing heavy, wire mesh with sharp pointy ends.

    The primary function of the fibers is to control cracking. Keeping the cracks small reduces permeability and improves durability.

    STRUX® lightweight synthetic macro fibers replace steel or wire mesh that’s typically used to lightly reinforce concrete, eliminating the potential for steel/wire mesh corrosion, which can degrade concrete performance.

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  • DCI® corrosion inhibitor.

    Help safeguard steel rebar or mesh inside of concrete from corrosion. Passivate the protective oxide layer on reinforcing steel, making it more resistant to chloride ions and delaying the onset of corrosion. DCI increases concrete durability in aggressive environments:. Increases protection for steel reinforcement in concrete exposed to chlorides in service and thereby help to achieve design service lives.

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  • ECLIPSE® Shrinkage Reducer.

    Reduce the magnitude of autogenous/drying shrinkage and related issues such as cracking and curling. Extend joint spacing in SOG. Less curling could represent: Increased allowable loads on the slab and less equipment maintenance (forklift) . Improve water tightness in water-retaining structures. Act chemically to dramatically reduce internal concrete forces that would otherwise cause concrete to shrink, crack, or curl.

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    ECLIPSE® Concrete Shrinkage-Reducing Admixtures

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  • FORCE 10,000® D silica fume

    A recovered, eco-friendly material that improves both strength and durability of concrete for high-performance concrete. Potential to extend structural service life: optimizes strength and element sizing.

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    FORCE 10,000® D Data Sheet

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    FORCE 10,000® D Safety Data Sheet

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  • HRMK 100 metakaolin

    Improves both strength and durability of concrete. This may entail thermal processing. Potential to extend structural service life (reduces permeability, Increases compressive and flexural strengths). Recommended material for mitigating ASR (allows the use of local aggregates).

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    HRMK 100 Data Sheet

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    HRMK-100 Safety Data Sheet

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  • V-MAR® VSC 500

    Increase the moisture tolerance of pervious concrete. Bring more consistency and a longer placement window to pervious concrete, a mix that helps reduce excess stormwater/pollution runoff into nearby waterways. V-MAR® also improves the workability of the pervious concrete to accelerate truck discharge time and greatly reduce raveling.

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    V-MAR® Admixtures

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    V-MAR® VSC500 Data Sheet

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    V-MAR® VSC500 Safety Data Sheet

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  • Other specialty admixtures

    Enhancing concrete durability, such as:

    RASIR® Alkali-Silica Reaction Mitigators.
    ADPRUFE® Water Repellents.

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    RASIR® Data Sheet

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    RASIR® Safety Data Sheet

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    ADPRUFE® 100 Data Sheet

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Synthetic macro fibers. Extend the lifecycle of concrete structures. Reduce operating time and product waste. Eliminate the hazards inherent in placing heavy, wire mesh with sharp pointy ends.

The primary function of the fibers is to control cracking. Keeping the cracks small reduces permeability and improves durability.

STRUX® lightweight synthetic macro fibers replace steel or wire mesh that’s typically used to lightly reinforce concrete, eliminating the potential for steel/wire mesh corrosion, which can degrade concrete performance.

Related Links

STRUX® Synthetic Macro-Fibers

Read More

Help safeguard steel rebar or mesh inside of concrete from corrosion. Passivate the protective oxide layer on reinforcing steel, making it more resistant to chloride ions and delaying the onset of corrosion. DCI increases concrete durability in aggressive environments:. Increases protection for steel reinforcement in concrete exposed to chlorides in service and thereby help to achieve design service lives.

Related Links

DCI® Corrosion Inhibitor

Read More

Reduce the magnitude of autogenous/drying shrinkage and related issues such as cracking and curling. Extend joint spacing in SOG. Less curling could represent: Increased allowable loads on the slab and less equipment maintenance (forklift) . Improve water tightness in water-retaining structures. Act chemically to dramatically reduce internal concrete forces that would otherwise cause concrete to shrink, crack, or curl.

Related Links

ECLIPSE® Concrete Shrinkage-Reducing Admixtures

Read More

A recovered, eco-friendly material that improves both strength and durability of concrete for high-performance concrete. Potential to extend structural service life: optimizes strength and element sizing.

Related Links

FORCE 10,000® D Data Sheet

Read More

FORCE 10,000® D Safety Data Sheet

Read More

Improves both strength and durability of concrete. This may entail thermal processing. Potential to extend structural service life (reduces permeability, Increases compressive and flexural strengths). Recommended material for mitigating ASR (allows the use of local aggregates).

Related Links

HRMK 100 Data Sheet

Read More

HRMK-100 Safety Data Sheet

Read More

Increase the moisture tolerance of pervious concrete. Bring more consistency and a longer placement window to pervious concrete, a mix that helps reduce excess stormwater/pollution runoff into nearby waterways. V-MAR® also improves the workability of the pervious concrete to accelerate truck discharge time and greatly reduce raveling.

Related Links

V-MAR® Admixtures

Read More

V-MAR® VSC500 Data Sheet

Read More

V-MAR® VSC500 Safety Data Sheet

Read More

Enhancing concrete durability, such as:

RASIR® Alkali-Silica Reaction Mitigators.
ADPRUFE® Water Repellents.

Related Links

RASIR® Data Sheet

Read More

RASIR® Safety Data Sheet

Read More

ADPRUFE® 100 Data Sheet

Read More

Sustainable concrete and cement

GCP enables cement and concrete plants to reduce their environmental footprint and save money in the process. We bring together technical expertise, advanced chemistry, and technology to help our customers achieve greater strength, sustainability, and savings.

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Reducing your environmental footprint

Today's building owners are seeking sustainable structures, yet when it comes to concrete, this needs to be done carefully to ensure the mix retains its strength and longevity. 

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Strength, Sustainability, and Savings

Stakeholders across the concrete construction industry are under pressure to improve sustainability.

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