Simplified expansion of Xypex's technical information focusing on a particular application issue and written in terms to be understood by the non-professional. The content may include diagrams for illustration purposes.
While Xypex Admixtures and Coatings are recognized throughout the world as reliable treatments for the waterproofing and protection of both new and existing concrete structures, the ability of Xypex Crystalline Technology to improve reinforced concrete’s resistance to the damaging and very costly effects of various chemicals (specifically, chloride salts) is not as well known.
Proof of Xypex permanence and its ability to enhance the durability of concrete structures was clearly evident in a recent review of the Xypex-treated precast concrete used to construct the Cronulla Marina oats in Gunnamatta Bay near Sydney, Australia.
The Xypex concrete waterproo ng procedure detailed below is intended for situations when there is too little time available to waterproof structures using normal Xypex coating application and curing procedures. Typical situations include structures taken out of service for planned or unplanned maintenance but where a return-to-service is required within days or even hours.
Secant pile construction is a technique used to build underground walls without the need to rst excavate. It is a commonly used method for creating walls for tunnels and for deep U-shaped below grade guideways. Secant piles are also suitable for foundation wall construction in dense urban settings where excavation size is critical.
Cold temperatures, that are near or below freezing for extended periods of time, can occur in many areas of both the northern and southern hemispheres. Most concrete producers and contractors are well aware of the tools and techniques needed to address the typical problems and issues facing cold weather concreting.
Xypex Crystalline Technology is excellent for reducing the water permeability of concrete and for the healing of leaking, non-moving cracks and joints in concrete structures. Xypex crystals will bridge most non-moving cracks up to 0.4 mm (1/64”).
Of interest to specifying engineers and architects is the new ACI 212.3R-10 Report on Chemical Admixtures for Concrete. This recently published guide has a substantially improved chapter on waterproo ng admixtures, titled Permeability Reducing Admixtures or PRAs.
It is well known that concrete often ages more quickly in sewage applications. Why does this occur and what can be done to minimize such deterioration? Both physical and chemical attack of concrete in sewage systems are possible.
Because the unique chemistry of Xypex’s Crystalline Technology works within the concrete itself, the application of the Xypex coating system to in-place and in-service facilities can be made from either the positive or negative side of the concrete structure. This bene t, coupled with the fact that the Xypex concrete waterproo ng system lasts the life of the concrete and requires no re-application or maintenance regardless of UV exposure and most other environmental effects, has made Xypex Crystalline Technology a reliable waterproo ng solution for users, worldwide.