SOCO® POLYMER FOR CONCRETE

Industrial grade super absorbent polymer especially for concrete

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Throughout the life of concrete, water has central importance

  • It is an essential ingredient in the mixing, curing, and hardening of concrete;
  • Its exchange with the surroundings causes hardened concrete to shrink, swell, and possibly crack
  • Its presence in hardened concrete influences strength and creep
  • It plays a central role in deterioration caused by frost action or alkali
  • Silica reactions

Super Absorbent Polymer in Concrete

We will give an overview of some of the opportunities offered by the use of SOCO ® polymer for achieving that control.

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SOCO® polymer (super absorbent polymer in concrete) is polymeric materials that have the ability to absorb a large amount of liquid from the surroundings and retain it within their structure.
  • Influence on strength
  • Shrinking reduction
  • Frost Protection
  • Rheology Modification
Recommended SOCO® polymer :SCK816
It belongs to the group of so-called “smart materials”— materials that, in a controlled way, significantly change their properties in response to an external stimulus. When It is exposed to water, they swell, and when subsequently subjected to drying, they reversibly shrink. These key properties can actively be used in relation to concrete.
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OTHER EFFECT FOR CONCRETE

As mentioned in the introduction, it has extreme water absorption characteristics; this makes them particularly interesting in relation to concrete. Due to the water absorption, SOCO polymer may also be considered a means to control porosity, which is another important property for concrete. Because it can be designed with other specific properties, however, many additional uses of SOCO Polymer in concrete may be relevant. Examples include:
  • Good permeability
  • Can be used as an internal sealant in cement based materials.
  • A special use of SOCO Polymer in concrete could be as a controlled release agent.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSEQUENCES

Biodegradation

The polymer is sensitive to the action of ultraviolet rays that, by breaking bonds, degrade the polymer into oligomers (molecules of much smaller size). It thus becomes much more sensitive to the aerobic and anaerobic processes of microbiological degradation. therefore it degrades naturally in soils in CO2, H20 and nitrogen
compounds.

Toxicity

Products demonstrate no systemic toxicity. Consult the safety data sheet for additional information.

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