Flexibile Solutions with Hycrete
Concrete Technology Today : Vol 2, 2010 view PDF
Hycrete W500 is a flexible solution that can be utilised in a wide range of concrete applications with varying levels of waterproofing difficulty. The cost-effective admixture is specifically designed for less-critical waterproofing applications where a full-service approach is not required. It is also ideal for projects with complex waterproofing challenges as a secondary, complementary line of protection alongside traditional waterproofing measures such as membranes. This approach, often referred to in the industry as a “belt-and-suspenders” approach, helps architects and engineers reduce damage risks for building owners by further strengthening overall structural integrity and enhancing building lifecycle.
W500 is based on Hycrete’s core integral admixture technology that seals internal capillaries responsible for water penetration in concrete. In addition to reducing water absorption and dissolved salts infiltration, Hycrete admixtures are designed to form a protective coating around steel reinforcement that enhances corrosion protection, even in cracked concrete. In addition to W500, Hycrete offers comprehensive solutions and services designed to waterproof concrete construction, including joints, and repair cracks. The company’s mostrobust offering, System W, can eliminate the need for external membranes, which can contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other non-renewable materials. This approach can make concrete more-easily recyclable.
Hycrete W500 is dosed at one gallon per cu yard of concrete and is ideal for both above- and belowgrade construction. Specific applications include water containment reservoirs, sewage and water treatment plants, secondary containment structures, underground vaults, extra protection for walls and slabs, tilt-up panel walls, pre-cast components, architectural water features and fountains, bridges, dams and highway infrastructure.