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Choosing and Using a Form Release Agent

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Aug 15, 2019 3:16:52 PM

Excerpt from the article by M.K. Hurd in the October 1996 issue of Concrete Construction

Concrete Form Release Agents Help Form Removal

Most form materials require the application of a release agent to prevent adhesion of concrete to the face of the form. Many form oils and other release agents adequately prevent sticking, but using the correct type of agent for the form material can also help to minimize concrete color variations, staining, bugholes, and poor surface durability. Article discusses the two basic types of release agents (barrier and chemically active), how to select a release agent for different form materials, and release-agent application methods. It also describes the newer types of water-based release agents, which are formulated to meet environmental regulations limiting volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Photo caption: Forms will strip cleanly and easily if you use the correct form release agent and apply it properly. - Photo by Bob Sawyer

With the wide range of release agents available today, how do you choose the best one for your forms?

Types of Release Agents Historically, form release agents have been grouped in the following categories :
• Petroleum oils
• Emulsions—either water- or oil-based
• Nonreactive coatings with volatile solvents
• Chemically active agents
• Waxes

Though products in these categories are still available, new products and new formulations are being introduced to meet environmental regulations limiting volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Also, manufacturers may combine release-agent types, such as a chemically reactive product and an emulsion, to produce a product that has the advantages of both. Many newer form release agents, therefore, do not fit neatly into the above categories. Because environmental restrictions have caused changes in the commercially available agents, and because of the great variety of chemical formulations, manufacturers now simply classify release agents in terms of how they act instead of what’s in them. The two basic categories are barrier agents and chemically active agents. Read More.

Precautions in Selecting A Release Agent

A release agent may be incompatible with concrete that contains a number of admixtures. Compatibility problems have been reported when chemically active agents were used with concretes containing microsilica, high-range water reducers, and unusually high amounts of admixtures. Be sure to discuss possible compatibility problems with the admixture and release-agent suppliers. Read More.

Application Methods

Use enough release agent to prevent adhesion, but don’t apply too much. When overapplied, the material runs to low points in the form face where it can retard cement hydration or produce staining. Most manufacturers recommend a thin, uniform coating. With some products, the thinner the better; sometimes as little as 1 ⁄2 mil (0.0005 inch) is recommended on nonabsorbent form surfaces. Read More.

Precautions to Take During Release Agent Application

•Keep release agents off construction joints and reinforcing steel. To avoid spilling release agent on rebar, apply it before placing the steel.

• Never use release agents containing wax or silicone if the concrete surface is to be painted.

• Follow manufacturer recommendations for when to apply release agent. Some agents must dry or cure before concrete is deposited, while others can be applied only minutes ahead of concrete placement. Generally, the shorter the time between applying release agent and placing concrete, the better. Too long a wait can result in the agent drying out, running down the form face, or being washed away by the rain. (Note: Some agents are rainproof.)

• If there is any ponding or puddling of release agent, be sure to wipe away the excess material.

• After coating form faces, protect them from contamination and weather.

SELECTING A RELEASE AGENT FOR DIFFERENT FORM MATERIALS

Read the complete article in Concrete Construction Magazine


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Prefabricating Individual Components Within the Concrete Manufacturing Process

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Aug 8, 2019 6:39:04 PM

Excerpt from the article by Thomas Friedrich in the March 2019 issue of Concrete Plant International 

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Multifunctional construction components produced with traditional prefabrication methods need themselves to be divided up again into prefabricated modules, which are then pieced together as end products. Production work in a factory consists of assembling and connecting individual components to create an end product. The greater the number of components being installed in a concrete construction component, the greater the need to connect individual components together in advance so that they can be inserted as a unit on a ready and waiting formwork table. This defines prefabrication of components either pieced together locally in a production facility or supplied as finished components as in the automobile industry. Classic processes in a precast production facility are changing as there is an increasing demand for assembly activities. Concrete acts as a glue holding all components together. This division of labor enables product quality to be enhanced while, at the same time, accelerating production processes. Pipelines can be fastened to the reinforcement, for example. Specially created meshes can be employed in an optimum way for this purpose. Other components needing to be inserted can also be fastened to the reinforcement during installation.

Photo caption: Multifunctional concrete floors: load-bearing elements with fully integrated technical building services

The trend toward multifunctional construction components and the consequences in manufacturing

In the future, there is a growing likelihood of companies producing more than just a "concrete bed." The industry is redefining increased complexity in the shape of numerous floor components.

This requires skilled labor to achieve at a construction site.

  • For example, laying empty electrical conduits during the shell construction stage can't happen concurrently with laying pipelines.
  • Different tradesmen work on the shell during different times. 
  • This strategy requires specialized firms to organize and coordinate the work and teams

The solution for flat-shaped construction components requires manufacturing processes with large-sized framework tables. Construction happens rapidly on these tables to make the most of the large expense of building stationary units on a track or tilting table.

Prefabricated reinforcing elements

An assembly unit for reinforcement generally consists of several components, such as single bars for the span reinforcement, which is supplemented with lattice girders and stirrup cages. A steel bar mesh is employed to this end that serves as a load-bearing unit for other reinforcement elements and installed components. Read more.

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Photo caption: Prefabricated meshes including pipelines for room air conditioning (cooling and heating above the concrete floor).

Supplementary elements in a composite construction method (hybrid construction method)

A composite construction method is often envisaged in order to create large web plate openings. This is because secondary moments occasioned by shear load can only be absorbed with a steel structure. Read more.

Pipelines for heating and cooling with a concrete slab (modified building component activation according to the Ceiltec® principle)

Building component activation for cost-effective heating and cooling via a concrete floor is increasingly gaining in importance. Its lower temperature level is making its contribution to this trend, along with the use of renewable energy. Prefabrication is particularly useful in creating the right pipeline arrangement for the air-conditioning planned. Read more.

Entirely prefabricated load-bearing ribs as semi-finished components

Instead of prefabricated reinforcement cages for load-bearing ribs of prefabricated slabs, the rib itself can be prefabricated as a reinforced concrete construction component and then installed with starter bars on the lower slab. Read more.

Preparation on formwork tables

Some installed components are inserted directly into the underside of the floor with multifunctional floor elements. Appropriate construction components, which can be fastened directly to the formwork base are needed for this purpose. Read more.

Process in successful manufacturing

The complexity of multifunctional elements requires different processes in manufacturing. Concrete, as a material, also makes its contribution as a load-bearing element and in keeping individual construction components together. Concrete in its hardened state offers a flexible environment for installing all components. Read more.

Results with the finished product

The result with this elaborate formwork plus all its inserted components and reinforced elements is reflected in the finished product once the concrete has hardened. The appearance of the outer concrete mantle is that of a sophisticated work of art despite the high density of components, which then disappear in the concrete. Read more.

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Photo caption: Finished floor elements for large span widths on a stationary system.


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Eliminate Surface Concrete Casting Bug Holes

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Aug 2, 2019 8:24:46 AM

 

(From Smooth On Concrete Casting Products. This is one of the best Q&A for concrete casting defects we have seen. Enjoy!

 

Concrete-Voids-1_copy.jpgHOW CAN I ELIMINATE SURFACE CONCRETE CASTING VOIDS?

Surface voids (small holes, also known as bug holes or pitting) found on the surface of concrete castings have affected anyone who has ever cast concrete. A significant number of concrete casting voids must be post finished or discarded, resulting in wasted product, time and labor. Understanding the causes of surface voids and what can be done to minimize them is the first step to a more efficient and productive casting operation.

The following information has been compiled through our (Smooth On Concrete Casting Products) experience with professionals who cast concrete for a living. Some of the tricks found here are results of many years of research and development. Although one may not find all the answers here, many of the common problems encountered when casting concrete will be addressed.

Question: What are surface voids?
Answer:
Surface voids are the cavities or little holes that appear on the surface of concrete castings. Surface voids (commonly known as pitting) are referred to as "bug holes" or "fish eyes". These voids may produce an unacceptable appearance on the surface of the finished casting.

Question: How are surface voids caused?
Answer:
Surface voids are generally attributed to the following three factors: release agent, water or air (sometimes a combination of the three).

Concrete-Voids-2_copy.jpgQuestion: How does a release agent affect the surface of a concrete casting?
Answer:
Release agents act as a "lubricant" between the mold and the concrete itself. The proper application of a release agent will yield castings without surface voids. However, when a release agent is over applied, it may "pool" or "puddle" on the lower extremities of the mold. As the concrete is poured into the mold these pools prevent the concrete from filling in all the detail. When the casting is removed from the mold voids will be apparent in the areas where pooling occurred. Vibration magnifies this problem by forcing additional release agent into the lower extremities of the mold. Voids caused by too much release agent are recognizable as small spherical voids on the surface
of the finished casting. These voids usually measure about 1/8" (.31 cm).

Question: How does water cause surface voids?
Answer:
Similar to release agents, water is also trapped against the mold's working surface resulting in voids. As the concrete cures and the residual water evaporates, a cavity is left behind on the surface of the casting. Vibration also tends to force water from the cementious material, however most voids caused by water are a result of a high water to cement ratio. Similar to release agents, water is also trapped against the mold's working surface resulting in voids. As the concrete cures and the residual water evaporates, a cavity is left behind on the surface of the casting. Vibration also tends to force water from the cementious material, however most voids caused by water are a result of a high water to cement ratio.

Question: How does air cause surface voids on my finished concrete casting?
Answer:
In most circumstances, air voids have an irregular shape and tend to be much larger (1/2" or 1.27 cm.) than those caused by water or release agents. The air voids are caused by air trapped between the mold surface and the concrete. They generally appear in low slump concrete and can be found underneath irregular (non-spherical) shaped pieces of crushed aggregate.
This is a result of having too little mortar to fill the spaces around the aggregate. Voids caused by air may also be found in castings that have severe undercuts.


HOW TO ELIMINATE VOIDS IN A CONCRETE CASTING:

While many variables must be considered in the elimination of surface voids or bug holes in concrete castings, there are a number of precautions that can remedy this unsightly problem.

Careful preparation and methodical practices can eliminate even the worst of surface voids. The following section describes procedures and materials that will produce finished castings that even the most discerning eye will accept.

Question: Will adding more mortar to the concrete assist in reducing surface voids?
Answer:
Yes. Increasing the amount of mortar in the cementious material will help make the material more fluid. A mixture that has a higher mortar content will assist in encapsulation of the aggregate. By encapsulating the aggregate, mortar also provides a chimney or venting system that will allow air and water bubbles to escape from the mixture. During vibration these bubbles will rise through the mortar and escape through the opening of your mold. A higher mortar content in your mixture also allows larger pieces of aggregate to easily move during vibration and thereby release any air that may have been trapped.

Question: What will happen to my casting if I use a larger aggregate?
Answer:
Using a larger aggregate may cause more surface voids because air is entrapped under the irregular shapes of this material. There is also a larger volume of voids between larger aggregate pieces than smaller pieces. It is therefore recommended that a smaller aggregate be used or that a smaller aggregate be mixed with the larger particles. The smaller aggregate will act as a "roller system" to assist in turning the larger pieces of aggregate during vibration. It is recommended to use aggregate that passes through a number 50, 100 or 200 sieve.

Question: Does the type of cement I use in my mixture make a difference?
Answer:
Cement acts as a lubricant during vibration and allows larger pieces of aggregate to move around freely. Therefore it is recommended that a very fine cement be used to achieve a more fluid consistency. Fly ash, which is finer than cement particles, will increase the lubricity of the cement even further.

Question: What precautions should I take if my concrete has a low water-cement ratio?
Answer:
If the concrete you are casting has a low water-cement ratio, more mixing time will ensure that water and air bubbles are forced away from the aggregate and thereby eliminate the voids on the casting surface. Low water-cement ratio concrete also requires an increased vibration period.

Question: I've heard that adding plasticizers to my concrete mixture will help eliminate surface voids. Is this true?
Answer:
Yes. The addition of plasticizers are used effectively in creating large slump increases. The benefit of using a plasticizer is that these large increases can be attained without effecting the water-cement ratio. The result of increasing the slump will assist air, water and aggregate to move more freely throughout the mixture. Although plasticizers will permit a large increase in slump, the concrete will begin to set much quicker. This means that there is a much smaller time period for the concrete to be vibrated. In order to eliminate surface voids from appearing we recommend using a release agent in tandem with plasticizers. The release agent will allow the concrete to move freely and force voids away from the surface of the casting

Question: What type of mold or form material should I use?
Answer:
Form or mold surfaces be as smooth as possible to decrease the surface tension between the concrete and the mold. Rubber molds are being used more and more for just this reason. The proper release used on a rubber mold will give the best possible surface.

Question: I'm vibrating the concrete, but still have bug holes in the casting?
Answer:
This occurs because air and water bubbles are the lightest elements of the concrete and will naturally flow to the most fluid portion of the mix. It just happens that this area is next to vibrator. So if you are using an external vibrator, the form or mold should be hammered. Hammering allows the mortar to flow toward the area being hit, consequently pushing air and water bubbles to the opening of your mold. This technique is recommended for molds with deep undercuts, where air and water bubbles tend to be predominate.

Question: How beneficial are release agents?
Answer:
Not only do release agents assist in eliminating surface voids, they also prolong the life of your mold. However, choosing the correct release agent and proper application are extremely critical. Various release agents will provide different surface finishes of your concrete casting. We recommend a chemically active release agent.

The amount of release that is applied to the mold or form will greatly effect the surface of your casting. Excess release agent tends to consolidate into spheres that cause bug holes. Too much release agent can be evidenced by voids on the lower portions of your casting. Applying release agent in a thin coat will eliminate these voids.



HELPFUL HINTS TO VOID FREE CASTING:
As any professional caster will tell you casting concrete is not an exact science. There are many variables and therefore no way to ensure void free castings. Voids can be minimized, however, and the following hints are offered to improve your chances for success.

Hint # 1
Extend the mix time to help break up any residual air or water bubbles. This will promote a more uniform and workable consistency.

Hint # 2
Make sure to that release agents are applied in thin films. This will eliminated any pooling or puddling in the lower portions of your mold.

Hint # 3
Lower the viscosity of cement by adding sand or fly ash. This allows large aggregate to move more freely and reduces the amount of air entrapment.

Hint # 4
Use aggregate that is more uniform in shape. Irregular shaped pieces of aggregate tend to make the concrete less fluid.

Hint # 5
Techniques used during vibration can eliminate most surface voids. Vibrating both the outside and inside of your mold will draw most air and water bubbles away from the surface of the concrete. Hammering the mold can eliminate any residual voids.

Disclaimer
This FAQ article is offered as a guideline and offers possible solutions to problems encountered during mold making and casting. No warranty is implied and it is up to the end user to determine suitability for any specific application. Always refer to the provided Technical Bulletins (TB) & Safety Data Sheets (SDS) before using any material. A small scale test is suggested to determine suitability of any recommendation before trying on a larger scale for any application.


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Prestressed Concrete Pressure Pipe & Concrete Steel Pressure Pipe, Review of AWWA Standard for Potable Water

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on May 24, 2019 10:06:05 PM

"The forms shall be cleaned thoroughly and coated with a form-release agent before each use."

Concrete Pressure Pipr 101

There are two types of prestressed concrete steel-cylinder pipe:

(1) the lined-cylinder type, with a core composed of a steel cylinder lined with concrete and subsequently wire-wrapped directly on the steel cylinder and coated with mortar; and

(2) the embedded-cylinder type, with a core composed of a steel cylinder encased in concrete and subsequently wire-wrapped on the exterior concrete surface and coated with cement mortar.

(Image from PUBLIC WORKS Magazine.)

I. Introduction

I.A. Background

 

The lined-cylinder type, which was first used in the United States in 1942, is furnished in sizes from 16 in. (410 mm) to 60 in. (1,520 mm). The embedded-cylinder type, which was developed later and first installed in 1953, is most commonly manufactured in sizes 48 in. (1,220 mm) and larger. Both types are designed for the specific combination of internal pressure and external load required for the project in accordance with the procedures outlined in ANSI/AWWA C304, Standard for Design of Prestressed Concrete Cylinder Pipe. Prestressed concrete steel-cylinder pipe is used for transmission mains, distribution feeder mains, pressure siphons (including river crossings), penstocks, industrial pressure lines, water intake lines, and other applications. In the manufacture of lined-cylinder pipe, the first step is to fabricate and hydrostatically test the steel cylinder with joint rings attached. The cylinder is then lined with concrete to form the core. The concrete is placed either centrifugally, by vertical casting, or by a radial compaction method. The concrete lining is cured and high-tensile wire is wrapped around the core directly on the steel cylinder. For a selected wire size, the tension and spacing of the wire are controlled to produce a predetermined residual compression in the core to meet design requirements. The wrapped core is then covered with a dense premixed mortar coating applied by a mechanical impact method. In the manufacture of embedded-cylinder pipe, the cylinder and joint rings are constructed and tested in the same manner as lined-cylinder pipe. The cylinder is encased in concrete by vertical casting and mechanical vibration to constitute the core. After curing, the wire reinforcement is wound under tension in one or more layers around the outside of the concrete core containing the cylinder, instead of directly on the cylinder. The exterior coating of premixed mortar is placed by impaction. 

Concrete Pressure Pipe Basics

(Image from PUBLIC WORKS Magazine.)

4.6.5 Concrete for pipe core.

4.6.5.1 General. The concrete in the cores may be placed by the centrifugal method, by the vertical casting method, or by other approved methods.

4.6.5.10 Placing concrete by vertical casting method. The concrete lining or core shall be cast on-end on a cast-iron or steel base ring with rigid steel collapsible forms for the concrete surfaces. The forms shall be designed to ensure that they will have smooth contact surfaces, tight joints, and that they will be firmly and accurately held in proper position without distortion during the placing of the concrete. The forms shall be designed to allow the pipe core to be removed without damaging the surfaces of the concrete. The forms shall be cleaned thoroughly and coated with a form-release agent before each use.

(Remember that any concrete form release used for potable water needs to be NSF approved, like Grifcote LV-50 Plus.)

The transporting and placing of concrete shall be carried out by methods that will not cause the separation of concrete materials or the displacement of the steel cylinder or forms from their proper positions. Adequate methods of mechanical vibration shall be used to compact the concrete in the forms and to ensure satisfactory surfaces. 


Precast Concrete In The Google and NPCA News:

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ACPA Education Review: "Concrete Pipe – Pre & Post Pour Inspections"

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Apr 18, 2019 3:21:42 PM

The American Concrete Pipe Association's PPT, "Pre & Post Pour Inspections" contains information on Documentation, Pre-Pour Inspection of Equipment & Reinforcement, and Post-Pour Inspection of Stripping, Handling, Visual & Dimensions 

This is an excellent presentation of all the steps involved in producing high-quality concrete pipe. 

Concrete Pipe Pre Pour Documentation
Go to this link to download the PowerPoint.

Download a PDF.


Concrete Pipe Pre Pour Form Release

Concrete Pipe Manufacturing Pre-Pour Inspection - Form Release: Application methods, brush, spray; How much is enough??, Too Little, Too Much, Affects concrete finish, may affect curing

 

Concrete Pipe Pre Pour Barrier Form Release

Concrete Pipe Manufacturing Pre-Pour Inspection - Form Release: Barrier (non-reactive); Examples, Petroleum-based diesel, heating oils, used crankcase oil;

Advantages, Creates a physical barrier between form and fresh concrete;

Disadvantages, Need heavy application for easy release (200-400 ft2/gal), Can cause staining and bugholes, May not meet VOC requirements, Can cause buildup on forms

Concrete Pipe Pre Pour Chemically Reactive Form Release

Concrete Pipe Manufacturing Pre-Pour Inspection - Form Release: Chemically Reactive; Examples, Fatty acids (vegetable and mineral oils) are chemically reactive agents that combine with calcium in fresh cement paste to produce a soap-like film between the concrete and the form;

Advantages, Prevents bonding of concrete to form, Ultra-thin Layer (Approximately 0.005”), Reduce bugholes, stains, dusting, Typically meets VOC requirements (verify)

Disadvantages, Typically more costly per gallon

Concrete Pipe Pre Pour Seasoning

Concrete Pipe Manufacturing Pre-Pour Inspection - Seasoning

1. Remove protective coating to prevent staining, sticking, poor finish

  • Wear off during production
  • Solvents
  • Grind
  • Blast

2. Apply high fatty acid concentrate release agent; Let it react (forms metallic soap barrier). If using a barrier agent, use it for seasoning.

3. Ideally allow 24-hr sit-time

4. Apply release agent

5. Put into use

Concrete Pipe Post Pour Bug Holes

The American Concrete Pipe Association was originally conceived in 1907 by a small group of concrete farm drain tile manufacturers as the Interstate Cement Tile Manufacturers Association in Ames, Iowa.

The group needed some means of exchanging ideas and establishing a high quality, standardized products. In 1914, the organization was renamed the American Concrete Pipe Association. Throughout the 20th century, the concrete pipe industry has experienced tremendous growth. As more and more people moved from farms to cities, it created increased demand for concrete sewer and drainage products. The introduction of the automobile and subsequent highway development extended the uses of concrete pipe storm drains and culverts. There are currently over 400 plants operated by ACPA members in the United States and Canada. Over 40 countries are represented in the membership of the American Concrete Pipe Association. ACPA’s international headquarters are located in Irving, Texas USA.


Precast Concrete Manufacturing Resources from the American Concrete Pipe Association

14 Reasons to Choose Concrete Pipe

Concrete Pipe Design Manual

Concrete Pipe Specifications


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Article Review: "Concrete Pipe – Health and Safety  in Severe Weather Conditions"

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Apr 11, 2019 4:48:45 PM

After more than 175 years, concrete pipe continues to be a product of choice for specifiers, contractors, and design engineers.

Throughout its 111-year history, the American Concrete Pipe Association and its members have met the demands of infrastructure owners while improving the quality and performance of concrete drainage and collection systems through advancements in product design, plant production, and concrete mixes. Contemporary de-signs of production plants in automated and robotic facilities ensure quality of products, health and safety, especially built to overcome severe weather conditions.

Concrete Pipe Health & Safety

 

Article by Russell Tripp, P.E., President, American Concrete Pipe Association, USA, and published in CPI - Concrete Plant international May 2018. To read the entire article go to the introductory page at American Concrete Pipe Association's web site.

The U.S. has sustained 230 weather and climate disasters since 1980 where overall damages/costs reached or exceeded $1 billion (including Consumer Price Index adjustment to 2018). The total cost of these 230 events exceeded $1.5 trillion (www.ncdc.noaa.gov/billions). As of April 6, 2018, there have been 3 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. [1]  The California wildfires, which burned more than 9.8 million acres in 2017, destroyed over 15,000 homes and businesses, caused 44 deaths, and racked up a cost of $18 billion. [2] 

Following disaster events, news reports documented pipeline systems and culverts that were irreparably damaged. Failed thermoplastic or corrugated metal drainage systems, from the wild fires in California to the hurricane damage in Texas and Florida, were identified as the primary cause of many road failures.

Unlike concrete, thermoplastic pipes will melt and burn. Based on recent fires in California, damage to a thermoplastic drainage system has extended far beyond the damaged pipe itself to include sidewalks, roadway, gas/oil pipelines, drinking water systems and nearby structures. Thermoplastic pipe materials installed close to the surface or where there is an ex-posed pipeline inlet or outlet run the risk of being damaged or destroyed by fire regardless of the use of special end treatments. Fires in concrete pipeline systems generally don’t affect structural strength or flow capacity; the two fundamental requirements of a gravity pipeline drainage or collection system. The repair or replacement of infrastructure is incredibly expensive, and the community impacts include the interruption of service, localize flooding and damaged roadways that severely disrupt traffic based on damaged thermoplastic or metal pipelines found in, or adjacent to road rights of way. Thermoplastic pipe culvert failures have been documented recently where access by emergency service vehicles were blocked resulting in loss of property and more threats to health and safety.

Concrete Pipe Advantages
Before and after burn. Using the QR-Code you can see the ACPA Comparative Flammability Demonstration October 21, 2015 on www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoXuyWnaJm4

Concrete pipe production facilities produce one of the world’s most enduring products for storm drainage and sewage collection systems. The long-lasting performance of precast concrete pipe and box drainage systems is well documented in severe weather conditions. Compared to thermo-plastic drainage systems, concrete pipe has always been and will continue to be rigid, rugged, and resilient.

Russell Tripp, P.E., Clemson University alumnus, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1982. He spent the first 21 years of his professional career working in the natural gas industry. He then served three years in the PVC sheet pile industry and four years in the plastic drainage industry before joining the ACPA.


 

Precast Concrete Manufacturing Resources from the American Concrete Pipe Association

14 Reasons to Choose Concrete Pipe

Concrete Pipe Design Manual

Concrete Pipe Specifications


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Quality Control and Testing of Concrete Pipe

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Apr 4, 2019 3:26:47 PM

The American Concrete Pipe Association is the spokesperson for the concrete pipe industry in all matters affecting the industry’s welfare.

We researched their content and found some great free resources. Their home page section on "Pipe & Box Resources" starts off with Design and "14 Reasons to Choose Concrete."

Precast Concrete Pipe Design Manual

"Concrete is the world’s most commonly used building material.

In its simplest form, concrete is a mixture of paste and aggregates. The material (paste) used to manufacture concrete pipe is composed principally of Portland cement and water, and is used to coat the surface of the fine and coarse aggregates. The Portland cement is a closely controlled chemical combination of calcium, silicon, aluminum, iron, and small amounts of other compounds, to which gypsum is added in the final grinding process to regulate the setting time of the concrete. Portland cement’s chemistry comes to life in the presence of water. Soon after the cement and water are combined, a chemical reaction called hydration occurs and the paste hardens and gains strength to form the rock-like mass known as concrete. During hydration, a node forms on the surface of each cement particle. The node grows and expands until it links up with nodes from other cement particles or adheres to adjacent aggregates. Within this process lies the key to the remarkable trait of concrete – it’s plastic and malleable when newly mixed and strong and durable when hardened. ..."

The 14th Reason is "Quality Control and Testing of Concrete Pipe."

Batching and mixing operations in the industry’s premier plants have been upgraded over the past 10 years. Characteristics of this operation of the pipe production process normally include:
• Computer controlled weighing and proportioning systems
• Computer controlled mixing systems
• Automated recording systems
• Absorption testing

Concrete PipePlant Certification

The American Concrete Pipe Association offers an on-going quality assurance program called the “Quality Cast” Plant Certification Program. (http://www.concrete-pipe.org/qcast.htm). This 124-point audit-inspection program covers the inspection of materials, finished products and handling/storage procedures, as well as performance testing and quality control documentation. Plants are certified to provide storm sewer and culvert pipe or under a combined sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and culvert pipe program.

Line Item 6.1 "Forms shall be kept clean of concrete build-up and inspected after each use."

Line Item 8.2. "Pre-Pour Visual Inspection"
For each pipe produced, visually inspect the following applicable items prior to pouring:
• Reinforcing Placement
• Handling Holes / Lifting Devices
• Tie-pin Holes
• Release Agent Application
• Form Cleanliness and Condition
• Step Holes / Plugs 

American Concrete Pipe Association

Brief History of the ACPA

The American Concrete Pipe Association was originally conceived in 1907 by a small group of concrete farm drain tile manufacturers as the Interstate Cement Tile Manufacturers Association in Ames, Iowa. The group needed some means of exchanging ideas and establishing a high quality, standardized products. In 1914, the organization was renamed the American Concrete Pipe Association. Throughout the 20th century, the concrete pipe industry has experienced tremendous growth. As more and more people moved from farms to cities, it created increased demand for concrete sewer and drainage products. The introduction of the automobile and subsequent highway development extended the uses of concrete pipe storm drains and culverts. There are currently over 400 plants operated by ACPA members in the United States and Canada. Over 40 countries are represented in the membership of the American Concrete Pipe Association. ACPA’s international headquarters are located in Irving, Texas USA.


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Become a member of ACPA by completing a membership application


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Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Design Awards 2017

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Mar 28, 2019 9:11:36 PM

PCI recognizes groundbreaking work by owners, designers, builders, and precast concrete system manufactures across the country.

When we can't find new technical information on precast concrete release agents it's always a learning experience to look back at historically successful projects. These are from 2017.

Special Award Winners

 

The PCI Design Awards showcase the creative and innovate uses of precast and prestressed concrete in a wide variety of structures. The program demonstrates how designers are continuing to use high-performance precast, prestressed concrete to achieve sustainable, more cost-effective, aesthetically pleasing, and quickly-constructed projects.

 

Building Award Winners 

Transportation Award Winners

 

Honorable Mentions 

Higher Ground Saint Paul Higher Ground Saint Paul St. Paul MN  
Interstate 95 Interchange At SR-202 (JT Butler Boulevard) Interstate 95 Interchange At SR-202 (JT Butler Boulevard) Jacksonville FL  
Minnesota Senate Building Minnesota Senate Building St. Paul MN  
U.S. Bank Stadium U.S. Bank Stadium Minneapolis MN  

Read the host page at PCI.


About PCI
 
Founded in 1954, the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) is a technical institute for the precast concrete structures industry. PCI develops, maintains, and disseminates the body of knowledge for designing, fabricating, and constructing precast structures. PCI provides technical resources, certification for companies and individuals, continuing education, as well as conducts research and development projects, conventions, conferences, awards programs, and much more. PCI members include precast concrete manufacturers, companies that provide products and services to the industry, precast concrete erectors, and individual members such as architects, consultants, contractors, developers, educators, engineers, materials suppliers, service providers, and students. To learn more, visit www.pci.org, or email Tom Bagsarian at tbagsarian@pci.org.


Precast Concrete News from the Precast Concrete Institute

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Find a PCI Certified Plant

PCI Design Handbook, 8th Edition


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Article Review - Selecting and Using Form Release Agents

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Mar 22, 2019 5:54:36 PM

Here are a few highlights of a great article by John A. Koski that was published in Concrete Construction Magazine

Enhance the quality and economy of precast products by using the right release agent

Almost every precaster has had a double tee or an architectural precast panel crack as it was being removed from a form. In some cases, an ineffective or improperly applied release agent may have been the culprit. At other times, the wrong type of release agent may have been used.

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Knowing how to properly use form release agents and which agent should be used for a particular application can go a long way toward preventing costly mistakes. In addition, following proper procedures and using the right agent can enhance the quality and economy of a finished precast piece.

When examining prices of comparable release agents, compare them based on their cost per square foot of coverage, not by the cost of a 5-gallon pail or 55-gallon drum. For example, two release agents may sell for the same price for a 55-gallon drum. However, one may have an estimated coverage rate of 800 square feet per gallon while the other can cover an estimated 1,100 square feet per gallon. If they are equal in performance and other attributes, than the one with the greater coverage rate is a better value.

Make sure that spray equipment is working properly. For example, a partially clogged spray nozzle can deliver a release agent in spits and spurts, allowing a too-heavy application in some areas and none in other places. Also, make sure that the spray tip is the right size for the product being applied. A tip that provides spray that is too fine or too heavy can create problems.

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Do not over-apply a release agent, especially when using a release agent that is chemically reactive. These release agents chemically react with the alkali in concrete to form a thin release film. Applying too much of the release agent can cause excessive surface dusting on the finished concrete.

Although these suggestions may help solve some of the problems pre-casters experience, if you continue to have problems with a release agent, call the manufacturer. Reputable manufacturers maintain technical-assistance departments designed to help solve problems and improve product quality. If a manufacturer can’t or won’t provide you with the answers or information you need in a timely fashion, consider switching to one who will.

Read the entire article here.


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Lightweight Precast Concrete Roof with Optimized Load-Bearing Design

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Mar 14, 2019 3:56:33 PM

3D Sand printing for formwork manufacturing and showing oil based precast concrete form release agent application

Researchers at ETH Zurich have fabricated an 80 m2 light­weight concrete slab at the DFAB House, making it the world's first full-scale architectural project to use 3D sand printing for its formwork. Just 20 mm thick at its thinnest point, decoratively ribbed and not even half as heavy as a conventional concrete ceiling: with "Smart Slab", the name says it all. The slab combines the structural strength of concrete with the design freedom of 3D printing.

Developed by the research group of Benjamin Dillenburger, Assistant Professor for Digital Building Technologies at ETH Zurich, Smart Slab is one of the core elements of the residen­tial unit DFAB House at Empa's and Eawag's research and in­novation platform NEST in Dubendorf. The 80 m2, 15 t ceiling consists of eleven concrete segments and connects the lower floor with the two-story timber volume above.

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The Smart Slab segments being placed piece by piece on the 12 cm wide mesh mould wall.

(Thanks to CPI - Concrete Plant International May 2018)

Only as much concrete as needed

3D concrete printing is currently experiencing a boom in ar­chitecture, and entire houses have already been printed layer by layer. However, for the Smart Slab project, the researchers did not produce the building components themselves with 3D printing but rather the formwork - i.e. the mould. To achieve this, they used a large-scale 3D sand printer, which means the resulting moulds consist of a kind of artificial sand­stone. One of the advantages over the layered concrete print­ing process is that high performant fibre-reinforced concrete can be used and the structure can be fabricated in the preci­sion of millimeters.

Formwork production is the most labour-intensive step in con­crete construction, particularly for non-standardized compo­nents. Since concrete is relatively cheap and readily abundant, the temptation is for the construction industry to produce the same solid ceilings over and over again, but the disadvantage is excessive material consumption and implicitly, a big carbon footprint. Digital fabrication methods can make a key contri­bution here: components can be optimized, enabling the necessary stability with far less material. The geometric com­plexity of a component does not matter in 3D printing, nor does it cause any additional costs - the printer simply prints what it is told to.

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The 3D sand printer used for the fabrication of the form work. The printer has a build volume of 8 cubic meters and a reso­lution of a fraction of a millimeter.

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Post-processing of the 30 printed form work parts. Unconsol­idated sand particles are being removed from the print bed.

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The formwork parts are assembled seamlessly and prepared for concreting.

Computational design coordinates parameters

Dillenburger's research group developed a new software to fabricate the formwork elements, which is able to record and coordinate all parameters relevant to produc­tion. In addition to basic data such as room dimensions, the researchers also en­tered a scan of the curved wall, accurate down to the last millimeter, which acts as the main support for the concrete ceiling. With the software, one could adapt the geometry of the slab so that at each point it was applied only as thick as structurally necessary to support the force flow. "We didn't draw the slab; we programmed it," says Mania Aghaei Meibodi, Smart Slab project lead and senior researcher in Dil­lenburger's group. "It would not have been possible to coordinate all these aspects with analogue planning, particularly with such precision."

If you look at the ceiling from below, you see an organic ornamental structure with different hierarchies. The main ribs carry the loads, while the smaller filigree ribs are mainly used for architectural expression and acoustics. Statics and ornamentation go hand-in-hand. The lighting and sprinkler systems are also integrated into the slab structure. Their size and position were similarly coordinated with the planning software. In this way, the building technology disappears elegantly into the slab to occupy very little space. This saves only a few centimeters in the DFAB House proj­ect, but in high-rises this may mean a few extra floors could be fitted into the same height.

Fabrication at the push of a button

After planning on the computer is completed, the fabrication data can then be ex­ported to the machines at the push of a button. This is where several industry part­ners came into play for Smart Slab: one produced the high-resolution, 3D-printed sand formworks, which were divided into pallet-sized sections for printing and trans­port reasons, while another fabricated the timber formwork by means of CNC laser cutting. The latter gives shape to the upper part of the Smart Slab and leaves hollow areas that reduce material and weight and at the same time create space for electrical cables.

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An oil-based release agent facilitates the removal of the formwork once the concrete hardens.

The two types of formwork for the concreting were then brought together by a third company, which first sprayed the fibre-reinforced concrete onto the sand formwork to produce the finely ribbed surface of the lower concrete shell and then casted the remaining concrete into the timber formwork.

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Glass-fibre reinforced concrete being sprayed on the 3D printed formwork in several consecutive layers.

Strong thanks to prestressing

After a two-week hardening process, the eleven individual concrete segments were ready for transport to the NEST. Thanks to the precise planning and prefabrication, the installation time at the construction site was reduced to a minimum: a crane hoisted the concrete elements onto the load-bearing wall, where the prestressing took place. Workers pulled steel cables lengthwise and crosswise through the concrete sup­port and into the channels already inserted in the formwork. Tensioning the cables massively increases the system's load capacity.

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The hierarchical grid of structural ribs of the Smart Slab.

"It was spectacular to see on the construction site how seam­lessly our elements fitted with each other and with the existing components of the DFAB House," says Dillenburger. "We owe this in part to the outstanding interdisciplinary collaboration with our partners. The meticulous work that we had invested into planning completely paid off."

Smart Slab partners

ETH Zurich research groups: Chair for Digital Build­ing Technologies, Benjamin Dillenburger (lead); Chair for Building Materials, Robert Flatt; Chair of Structural Design, Joseph Schwartz

Industry partners: Burgin Creations; Frutiger AG; voxeljet AG; Georg Ackermann GmbH; Stahlton AG; Christenguss AG; Fischer Rista AG; Rudolf Glauser AG; Gorn International AG

See here a video about "Smart Slab."


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