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Precast Concrete Form Release Agent Q&A from ACI

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Jul 25, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Technical Questions - Precast Concrete Form Release Agent 

American Concrete Institute

Q. I need to select a precast concrete form release agent for a new project requiring an architectural finish. Can you provide information on different types of form release agents and recommendations for using them? Does ACI have a publication on form release agents I could use as a reference?

A. Form release agents ease formwork removal, extending the useful life of a form and improving the smoothness and texture of concrete surfaces. Two main types are available: barrier and chemically active.

Barrier-type agents (examples include diesel oil, wax, and silicone) create a barrier between the form and the concrete. These are not recommended for architectural concrete, because they can cause stains, surface air voids, and problems with form removal in very cold or very hot weather; they also may prevent subsequent adhesion of coatings to the hardened concrete. While diesel oil was once commonly used, it’s now prohibited because the associated volatile organic content (VOC) emissions contribute to smog. (Note: In the United States, form release agents have to meet federal VOC limits of 450 g/L [3.8 lb/gal.] and may have to meet more restrictive limits of 250 g/L [2.2 lb/gal.] in some states.)

Chemically active form release agents (certain types of fatty acids) react with calcium ions in the cement paste to produce a soap that prevents concrete from bonding to the formwork. Based on the reactivity, they are divided into buffered (partially) reactive and fully reactive. Buffered agents produce an improved soap film that helps remove entrapped air and may promote better flow of a thin skin of cement paste at the surface of the form. Fully reactive agents can provide a good basic soap film that, depending on the brand, works well in most cases. Because chemically active form release agents produce fewer bugholes, stains, and surface irregularities than barrier type of form release agents, they are commonly used for architectural concrete.

For more information on this topic refer to ACI 347R “Guide to Formwork for Concrete”, ACI 303R “303R-12 Guide to Cast-in-Place Architectural Concrete Practice”, and ACI 533R “Guide for Precast Concrete Wall Panels”.


Precast Concrete News from the American Concrete Institute

ACI and the Greater Miami Valley Chapter – ACI Convention this fall Cincinnati, OH, October 20-24

Seminar – ACI 318-19: Changes to the Concrete Design Standard

ACI Foundation is Now Accepting Fellowship and Scholarship Applications


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Article Review: Concrete Formed Surface Classifications & Specifications

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Jul 18, 2019 1:06:30 PM

Details on classifications & specifications for surface finishes

An excerpt from the July/August 2019 issue of Precast Inc., by Eric Carleton, P.E., NPCA's director of codes and standards.

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Less is better when spraying concrete form release agents on concrete forms.

In 1975, the International Council for Building Research established a general classification of formed surfaces which is referenced in the most recent edition of ACI 301.2R, "Identification and Control of Visible Effects of Consolidation on Formed Concrete Surfaces."

Those classifications are:

  1. Rough - No special requirements for finishing
  2. Ordinary - surface finishing has a minor factor
  3. Elaborate - definite requirements for visual appearance
  4. Special - highest standards for appearance [considered architectural]

Within ACI 347R-14, "Guide to Formwork for Concrete," there is a similar class system to differentiate concrete surface evaluation based on application:

  1. Class D - minimum quality requirement for surfaces where roughness is not objectionable, usually applied where surfaces will be permanently concealed.
  2. Class C - general standard for permanently exposed surfaces where other finishes are not specified
  3. Class B - intended for coarse-textured, concrete form surfaces intended to receive plaster, stucco or wainscoting
  4. Class A - suggested for surfaces prominently exposed to public view where appearance is of special importance

ACI 301-16, "Specifications for Structural Concrete," provides more detailed information.

5.3.3.3(a) Surface finish-1.0 (SF-1.0):

  • No formwork facing material is specified
  • Patch voids larger than 1-1/2-inch wide or 1/2-inch deep
  • Remove projections larger than 1 inch
  • Tie holes need not be patched
  • Surface tolerance Class D as specified in ACI 117-10, "Specification for Tolerances for Concrete Construction and Materials and Commentary."
  • Mockup not required

5.3.3.3(b) Surface finish-2.0 (SF-2.0):

  • Patch voids larger than 3/4-inch wide or 1/2-inch deep
  • Remove projections larger than 1/4 inch
  • Patch Tie holes
  • Surface tolerance Class B as specified in ACI 117
  • Unless otherwise specified, provide mockup of concrete surface appearance and texture

5.3.3.3(c) Surface finish-3.0 (SF-3.0):

  • Patch voids larger than 3/4-inch wide or 1/2-inch deep
  • Remove projections larger than 1/8 inch
  • Patch Tie holes
  • Surface tolerance Class A as specified in ACI 117
  • Provide mockup of concrete surface appearance and texture

5.3.3.5 Unspecified as - cast-finishes - if a surface finish is not specified, provide the following finishes:

  • SF-1.0 on concrete surfaces not exposed to view
  • SF-2.0 on concrete surfaces exposed to view

For the full article, please visit the Precast.org site.


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Article Review: Evaluating and Diagnosing Formed Surface Imperfections

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Jul 11, 2019 4:18:57 PM

Precast formed concrete surface problems and how to identify and correct them

An excerpt from of the article found in the July/August 2019 issue of Precast Inc., by Eric Carleton, P.E., NPCA's director of codes and standards.

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Less is better when spraying concrete form release agents on concrete forms.

Green Bay Packers Coach Vince Lombardi said, “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” Precast manufacturers try to make perfect products, but like most things, attaining complete perfection is elusive if not impossible. While the goal is to attain perfection, precasters recognize the economic and production realities that some product irregularities will occur. The goal is to mitigate imperfections while still maintaining tolerances and meeting owners’ expectations.

For (precast) formed concrete surfaces, many problems can be narrowed down to three practices: consolidation or vibration, form set up and maintenance, and form oil/release agent application.

Common issues:

  1. Bugholes
    1. Poor or improper concrete consolidation
    2. Excessive application of form release oil or agent
  2. Honeycombing
  3. Cracking
  4. Fins
  5. Form Bleed
  6. Poor Form Fit
  7. Sand Streaking
  8. Layering Marks
  9. Cold Joint
  10. Staining
  11. Color Continuity

Regardless of the end use, a well-cast product, free of formed surface irregularities, provides an excellent representation of a quality operation.

For the full article, please visit the Precast.org site.


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Employees drive safety and product quality in American precast concrete pipe plants

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Jul 5, 2019 3:25:38 PM

Producer members of the American Concrete Pipe Associa­tion empower their employees to introduce new ways to elevate the safety of workspaces and improve product quality.

As published in the March 2019 issue of CONCRETE PLANT INTERNATIONAL, by Russell Tripp, P.E., President, American Concrete Pipe Association, USA

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The O-ring guard developed by Forterra Pipe and Precast (Lorena Texas Plant) improves control when installing or removing O-rings following production

Each year, employees and their companies are celebrated at the ACPA's Pipe School/Pipe Show with safety and quality awards. At the 2019 Pipe School/Pipe Show, top awards were presented for a clip gun guard; O-ring snap band guard/remover; visual job task analysis; batch plant operator training, product tags, and a lift hole spreader. The Chairman's Safety Award recognizes plants and/or companies that have implemented successful safety initiatives that result in a safer and more productive workplace. The Chairman's Quality Award recognizes member plants and/or com­panies that have implemented successful innovations result­ing in higher quality products and more efficient production processes. 

Chairman's Safety Award - Company-Wide
Winner of the 2018 Chairman's Safety award was Rinker Materials - Dallas, TX for the Clip Gun Guard. The guard devel­oped after several employee's received injuries to hands and fingers when using the tool. Development of the guard in­cluded the manufacturer of the clip gun and plant personnel. The Clip Gun Guard is now used at all Rinker Facilities and a safety feature for the manufacturer.

Chairman's Safety Award - Equipment-Related - O-Ring Guard
O-ring snap bands, that can be very large in diameter, are no­torious for their uncontrolled springing action. When they are removed, they are awkward and can spring in many direc­tions. The O-ring guard developed by Forterra Pipe and Pre­cast (Lorena Texas Plant) improves control when installing or removing O-rings following production.

Chairman's Safety Award - Individual Facility - Visual Job Task Analysis (JTA)
JTA is a very difficult system to incorporate in heavy manufac­turing. There are many activities occurring simultaneously. The visual JTA introduced by Rinker Materials - Pipe Division (Cor­porate) uses a tablet to allow leaders to easily access video of safe processes in the work area and provide training to new or transferred employees. Documenting training for Job Task Analysis is digital and accessible.

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The Clip Gun Guard was developed after several employees received injuries to hands and fingers when using the tool.

Chairman's Quality Award - Company-Wide Best Practice - Batch Plant Operator Training
Production of high-quality products begin with batch plant operators. The company-wide quality goal of Rinker Materials - Pipe Division (Corporate) is to achieve a "Batch Plant Oper­ator Training Certificate." Training provides further under­standing of the batching system features. Batch Plant Training also serves to train backup operator(s) at each plant who pos­sess a much stronger understanding of the control system and "concrete science."

Chairman's Quality Award - Company-Innovation (Product Tags)
Northern Concrete Pipe, Inc. was looking for a way to ensure that cages produced in advance of production would be used for the correct project and/or product. The company wanted to be certain that any reinforcing that is unique is easily iden­tifiable, and to ensure that no reinforcement cages would be placed into production before inspection and release by qual­ity control personnel.

Product tags are now fastened to pre-assembled reinforcing cages and color coded when reinforcing is unique, such as, when a cage has a block out, anchors, no spigot, or is pro­duced to a specific lay length. The information on the tags en­sures that when reinforcing cages are produced for similar projects or products, the reinforcing will not get mixed. Ac­countability and the ability to track repeat mistakes and pro­vide training is assured when the person that assembled the reinforcing signs the ticket. Tags eliminate cages from being placed into production without pre-pour inspection. Color coding makes everyone aware that reinforcing is unique and what is unique about it.

Chairman's Quality Award - Individual Plant Process Improvement - Lift Hole Spreader
Lift holes in heavily reinforced products are challenging to place. Northern Concrete Pipe, Inc. does not allow the use of torches on cages and wanted a better way to keep cages specified without sacrificing safety or increasing employee ex­ertion. The lift hole spreader accurately places lift hole openings in reinforcement cages and eliminates wire showing in lift holes while reducing worker stress. By eliminating exposed wire in lift holes, contractors use their lifting apparatus correctly and efficiently. This innovation reduces the chance for leakage around exposed wires to penetrate the wall of the product.

QCast Plant Certification Program
Both the safety and quality awards are reinforced by the ACPA's QCast Plant Certification Program, which is the recog­nized standard for quality assurance in America's concrete pipe industry. Plants may be certified in storm sewer and cul­vert pipe, sanitary sewer, box culverts, three-sided structures, manholes, and precast structures.

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QCast is a voluntary program to continue the advancement of quality in the precast concrete pipe and products industry. Each year the manual for the program is reviewed and when necessary updated to accommodate industry-wide standards revisions, and changes in production technology. The manual requires that management ensure that the supervisory and production personnel immediately responsible for product quality are properly trained. The training results in innovation in safety and quality that is recognized industry-wide.

The safety and quality awards, and the QCast program are el­ements of the ACPA's Quality School held each year at the be­ginning of the heavy production season. The 4-day school is attended by veteran employees and new hires alike. Employ­ers encourage their production staff to attend and return to their workplaces with certificates attesting to their compe­tence in modern production techniques, reinforcement, con­crete mixing, batching and transport, self-consolidating con­crete, consolidation, pre and post-pour inspection, curing and fundamental calculations.

The high quality of concrete pipe and the production facilities of member companies are represented by ACPA's safety and quality awards, QCast certification program and Quality School. But it is the friendly competition between members for the awards, and then sharing the knowledge associated with the entries that result in safe workplaces and greater ef­ficiencies in production. There is no doubt that the Chairman's Safety Award and Chairman's Quality Award drive innovation that is characteristic of the concrete pipe plants of ACPA's pro­ducer members.

American Concrete Pipe Association
8445 Freeport Parkway, Suite 350, Irving, Texas 75063-2595, USA T +1 972-506-7216, F +1 972-506-7682
info@concretepipe.org
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More is Better in Baseball - Less Release Agent is Better in Precast Concrete

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Jun 28, 2019 5:27:07 PM

The Perfect Release with Grifcote concrete form release agents that are readily and inherently biodegradable.

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Grifcote® products are the most widely used concrete form release agents in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

All release agents are easily sprayed, swabbed or wiped.

More Beer is Better - Less Release Agent is Better with Precast Concrete

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Gifcote products are non-staining and ready to use with no mixing needed and offer many unique features to improve concrete separation from forms, pallets and molds.

Grifcote carries a non-flammable/noncombustible rating and is considered DOT hazardous material exempt. Drivers DO NOT need to be HM 126 or use placards. We’ve engineered Grifcote products to have low odor and flash points above 260 degrees Fahrenheit to keep workers safe.

Grifcote is chemically formulated to help reduce the formation of bug holes. Reactive fatty acid/methyl esters react with free lime. The reactive ingredients in Grifcote creates a metallic soap that eases separation from the form.

All products comply with all federal or state regulations regarding concrete release agents.

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And are classified as either readily biodegradable, with a half-life of 28 days or less or inherently bio-degradable with a half-life of 60 days or less.

Grifcote is EPA VOC compliant. With less than 250 grams per liter of Volatile Organic Compounds Grifcote is compliant in all 50 States and Canada.

Spraying form release agents on mixers and equip-ment reduces labor and cleanup at the end of the day eliminating concrete adhering to the equipment.

Coverage rates are determined by the person applying the material and the low viscosity of Grifcote. In all cases, the “Thinner is better” concept applies for maximum coverage and best release and finish.

You can purchase Grifcote products in drums, 300-gallon totes or bulk tanks. Grifcote has indefinite freeze/thaw cycles. You don’t need to worry about Grifcote degradation due to temperature changes.

FR-50-VOC is the work horse for the concrete industry.

More Speed is Better in Racing - Less is Better in Precast Concrete Release Agent Application

Less is better with Precast Concrete From Release 2

Grifcote form release agents are designed for specific industry applications including: precast, pipe, burial vault, prestressed and other similar applications.

PR-SS-VOC is designed for Packerhead pipe operations and those really tough release jobs. Give us your toughest release challenge and we’ll recommend an economical solution. 

CC-150-VOC is used to season concrete forms for the best release.

The Hill and Griffith Company works closely with pipe and form equipment manufactures to provide optimum release characteristics.

LV-50 Plus was created specifically for use with potable water and for seasoning forms. It is NSF (ANSI 61) approved for use with potable water with some restrictions in specific applications.

 

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Concrete Release Agent Selection for NSF/ANSI 61 Potable Water

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on May 30, 2019 10:02:33 PM

If you manufacture, sell or distribute water treatment or distribution products in North America, your products are required to comply with NSF/ANSI 61: Drinking Water System Components – Health Effects by most governmental agencies that regulate drinking water supplies.

NSFANSI 61 and Your Concrete Release Agent Selection

Developed by a team of scientists, industry experts and key industry stakeholders, NSF/ANSI 61 sets health effects criteria for many water system components including:

  • Protective barrier materials (cements, paints, coatings)
  • Joining and sealing materials (gaskets, adhesives, lubricants)
  • Mechanical devices (water meters, valves, filters)
  • Pipes and related products (pipe, hose, fittings)
  • Plumbing devices (faucets, drinking fountains)
  • Process media (filter media, ion exchange resins)
  • Non-metallic potable water materials

(From the NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) site.

Benefits of Certification

Certification to NSF/ANSI 61 ensures that your product meets the regulatory requirements for the U.S. and Canada, and it can often meet or fulfill the testing requirements for many other countries as well. Market leaders strive to attain NSF certification as a mark of distinction that provides their customers with assurance that their product is safe for use in drinking water.

NSF/ANSI 61 testing covers all products with drinking water contact from source to tap, and determines what contaminants may migrate or leach from your product into drinking water. It also confirms if they are below the maximum levels allowed to be considered safe.

Certification also allows your company to:

  • List your product in our online directory of certified drinking water system components
  • Use the NSF certification mark on your products and in your promotional materials

Why Work With NSF?

The NSF mark, well respected by public health officials and drinking water utilities, is recognized as a symbol of product quality and integrity. Our responsive, personalized service quickly guides your products through the certification process, ensuring that they get to market on time and on budget. We offer product bracketing services wherever possible to help keep costs down, and we provide pricing up front so there are no hidden surprises down the road.

NSF is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and NSF listings satisfy the requirements of the Canadian National Plumbing Code, U.S. Model Codes and the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC).

Certification Process

We distinguish ourselves due to our thorough product evaluation, but our certification process is simple and efficient. We assign you a dedicated NSF project manager as a single point of contact to guide you through the certification process and oversee your certification project every step of the way.

Seven Simple Steps to Certification:

  1. Your company submits an application.
  2. You provide product formulation, toxicology and product use information.
  3. Our toxicology department reviews formulations.
  4. We perform a plant audit and sample collection.
  5. Our laboratory conducts testing.
  6. We complete a final toxicology evaluation.
  7. We grant NSF certification for compliant products and you can use the NSF mark on products, packaging and marketing materials.

Our experts can help you reduce overall costs and expedite your time to market by bundling services and reducing the number of contracted service providers and facility audits.

U.S. and Canadian Approvals

Drinking water system components that are used in centralized water treatment plants and water distribution systems up through the water meter are typically regulated by state or provincial drinking water agencies.

Forty-eight U.S. states have legislation, regulations or policies requiring drinking water system components to comply with, or be certified to, NSF/ANSI 61.

Eleven Canadian provinces/territories require drinking water system components to comply with the requirements of NSF/ANSI 61.

Get more information and see a comprehensive map of the U.S. states and Canadian provinces/territories that require NSF/ANSI 61.


For additional information, read these articles published in Precast Inc. by the Hill and Griffith Company:
  • "Biodegradability Redefined and Volatile Organic Compounds Update" by Bob Waterloo, Precast Inc.,
    January/February 2010
    Download Article »

  • Biodegradable, NSF Concrete Form Release Agents Offer a Range of Options for Concrete Applications
    Read More »

Precast Concrete News at NPCA, National Precast Concrete Association

Benchmarking Your Business

Advocating for Infrastructure

Personalize Your Member Experience


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Grifcote® and Cast-O-Magic® Concrete Form Release Agents

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on May 17, 2019 4:17:55 PM

The Perfect Release

VOC Compliant, NSF Certified* and Biodegradable Release Agents for All Concrete Applications

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Industry Leading Performance and Quality

Trained technicians are available to visit your site, determine your needs and design the right product for you.

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Gricote FR-50 & PR-SS VOC - Workhorse Release


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Grifcote LV-50 Plus - NSF Certified for Potable Water Release


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Grifcote Bio-Gold - Environmentally Friendly Release


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Grifcote CC-150 VOC - Premium Seasoning Agent

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Cast-O-Magic, Con-Solver and Liquid Chisel

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Corrosion Inhibitor for Steel Forms

Nationwide and International Distribution


Precast Concrete News From the National Precast Concrete Association

• NPCA President Search

• Benchmarking Your Business

• Advocating for Infrastructure


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Grifcote® LV-50 Plus NSF Approved Potable Water Concrete Form Release Agent

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on May 10, 2019 4:58:27 PM

Potable Water Concrete Release Agent

Grifcote LV-50 Plus was created specifically for use with castings that would be exposed to potable water.

The material is NSF (ANSI 61) approved for use with potable water and some restrictions do apply in specific applications.

Low VOC and Biodegradable Release Agent

  • All Grifcote products are EPA VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) compliant with less than 250 grams per liter of VOCs. Grifcote is compliant in all 50 States and Canada.

  • All are classified as either readily biodegradable, with a half-life of 28 days or less or inherently biodegradable with a half-life of 60 days or less.

  • All products comply with federal or state regulations regarding concrete release agents.

  • "Biodegradability Redefined and Volatile Organic Compounds Update" by Bob Waterloo, Precast Inc.,
    January/February 2010
    Download Article »

  • Biodegradable, NSF Concrete Form Release Agents Offer a Range of Options for Concrete Applications
    Read More »

If you manufacture, sell or distribute water treatment or distribution products in North America, your products are required to comply with NSF/ANSI 61: Drinking Water System Components – Health Effects by most governmental agencies that regulate drinking water supplies.

NSFANSI 61 and Your Concrete Release Agent Selection

The NSF mark, well respected by public health officials and drinking water utilities, is recognized as a symbol of product quality and integrity. Our responsive, personalized service quickly guides your products through the certification process, ensuring that they get to market on time and on budget. We offer product bracketing services wherever possible to help keep costs down, and we provide pricing up front so there are no hidden surprises down the road.

NSF is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and NSF listings satisfy the requirements of the Canadian National Plumbing Code, U.S. Model Codes and the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC).

U.S. and Canadian Approvals

Drinking water system components that are used in centralized water treatment plants and water distribution systems up through the water meter are typically regulated by state or provincial drinking water agencies.

Forty-eight U.S. states have legislation, regulations or policies requiring drinking water system components to comply with, or be certified to, NSF/ANSI 61.

Eleven Canadian provinces/territories require drinking water system components to comply with the requirements of NSF/ANSI 61.

Get more information and see a comprehensive map of the U.S. states and Canadian provinces/territories that require NSF/ANSI 61.


For additional information on the proper concrete release agent to use for concrete drinking water tanks, read these articles published in Precast Inc. by the Hill and Griffith Company:

Precast Concrete Water Tank posts by Hill and Griffith in Google

Why Precast Concrete Drinking Water Tanks Are The Best

NPCA extends product-specific certification to water, wastewater tanks 

Why Precast Concrete Cistern pH is Important


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Article review, "The Effects of Concrete Release Agents on the Formwork/Concrete Interface"

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on May 3, 2019 2:11:59 PM

Fédération Internationale du Béton Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress June 5-8, 2006 – Naples, Italy

Effects of Concrete Release Agents 1

INTRODUCTION

The role of demoulding oils is to prevent the concrete adhering to the steel walls [1]. Because of its extremely fine structure and high lubricity at the very beginning of casting, the cement paste contained in the concrete spreads over the formwork surface and builds up in the asperities. The adhesion of the oil is therefore an important parameter. Another feature of these oils is that they improve the appearance of the facings and the resistance to corrosion of the surfaces of the steel mould and formwork.

This article is by:

Libessart, L., Djelal, C.
Laboratoire d’Artois Mécanique Thermique et Instrumentation, Unviversité d’Artois, TechnoParc Futura – 62400 Béthune, France

De Caro, P.
Laboratoire de Chmie Agro-industriel, UMR1010, INA/INP, ENSIACET, 118 route de Narbonne – 31077 Toulouse Cedex

Dubois, I.
CHRYSO S.A., ZI - 7 rue de l’Europe – 45300 Sermaises

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Highlights:

Currently the most popular demoulding oils are of mineral origin. However, these products are not very environmentally friendly and cause inconvenience to the users (skin and respiratory tract irritations, inhalation of volatile organic components). Prolonged exposure can inflict irreversible damage recognized as occupational diseases. To resolve these problems, vegetable-based formulations have been developed. A European study [2] was conducted in 1999 to make these agents better known in the building world (SUMOREVA project).

A lack of knowledge of the mechanisms acting at the concrete/wall interface, when demoulding agents are present, means that the formulation of these lubricants remains totally empirical. Manufacturers can but fall back on their experience and site tests which are restrictive and expensive, in order to establish a formulation which best meets users’ requirements.

The aim of this study is to link the physical-chemical properties of mineral or vegetable oil compositions to their mechanical properties when the concrete is laid. Keywords: concrete, release agents, interface, formwork

ESTABLISHING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE OILS

The study was conducted on one formulation of mineral origin and one formulation of vegetable origin. The properties of the oils are given in Tab. 1:

The mineral composition comprises a mineral base of paraffin origin. The vegetable composition is formulated from a complex plant ester and an acidifier.

The acid index corresponds to the number of milligrams of potassium (KOH) required to neutralise a gram of oil. In our case, the acid index enables the content to be quantified in COOH carboxylic functions. These functions correspond to free acids, i.e. non saponified. The complex plant esters are prepared by sterification from a fatty acid of plant origin.

Effects of Concrete Release Agents 2

Tab. 1. Properties of the oils

The fatty acids (Fig.1) in contact with an alkaline hydroxide (in this case, lime) are transformed into alkaline carboxylates (soaps). They also catalyse the saponification reaction which generates soaps from an ester and an alkaline hydroxide. In this case, the soap obtained is a calcium salt 2(RCOO)Ca2+. A soap is formed from a long carbonated chain (R) and a carboxylate group (–COO-) called polar head.

 

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE OIL FILM

The demoulding agent must be chosen in relation to the nature of the formwork and the period of use [4], but it is mainly the conditions of application which are the determining factor. Each time a demoulding agent is used, the formwork surfaces must first be thoroughly cleaned. In addition, the demoulding agent must be applied in a fine and continuous film. It is imperative for the demoulding product to cling to the formwork because if it rides up with the concrete during filling, it may cause flaws and air bubbles. A study conducted by a North American demoulding manufacturer shows that the thicker the oil, the more the surface quality of the concrete deteriorates. According to this study, the best results are obtained with a thickness of 10 μm [5].
 
The optimum quantities for mineral-based oils vary from 0.12 to 0.15 litre per m2 [6] and are about 5 to 10 times lower for vegetable-based oils [7]. This is explained by the fact that in the case of vegetable-based oils, the thinner the film, the better it is organized, and consequently its effectiveness is improved. Excessive oil disorganizes the film and impairs its effectiveness.
 
The most suitable application method is spraying, in some cases together with spreading by rubber scraper to remove the excess oil from the single layer.
 
The quality of the oil film was evaluated on the basis of wettability and under an optical microscope.
 
CONCLUSION
 
The mineral oil studied has low viscosity and a good rheological resistance to temperature variations. Moreover, it also has high wettability. Despite these favorable characteristics, more oil has to be sprayed to obtain an even film on the formwork surface. Vegetable oil has a higher viscosity and lower wettability than mineral oil. In addition, at temperatures of below 20°C, its viscosity increases considerably, and this change is detrimental to the application of the oil under winter conditions. On the other hand, its film offers a homogeneous appearance for a small volume of sprayed oil. The friction of the concrete on the formwork is also reduced for vegetable oil because of an organized soap/oil structure at the interface. It is a combination between a chemical effect (saponification reaction) and a physical effect (thickness of the film) which leads to a significant reduction in the friction stresses.
 

ABSTRACT

Release agents are significant source of pollution in the construction and prefabrication industries. Conventional product are known to be toxic for humans and the environment. New formulations based on vegetable esters have appeared on the market to mitigate against this drawback, but more knowledge must be required about the properties and behaviour of these products, and their industry profile is raised. Understanding the phenomena that occur over formwork-oil-concrete interface is a real challenge. This paper begins with a physicochemical survey of release agents by defining the formwork-oil and oil-concrete interfaces. In then characterizes the formwork-oil-concrete interfaces by dynamic studies (tribometer). Physicochemical mechanisms are proposed.


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Why Precast Concrete Drinking Water Tanks Are The Best

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Apr 25, 2019 4:55:38 PM

Why you should only use a concrete tank to store drinking water

Any water that is stationary will eventually become stagnant and undrinkable. How water is stored and its temperature will determine how long the water stays healthy and drinkable. Spring water is often considered as the best water you can drink, store your water in an underground concrete tank and you are producing your own spring water.

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Why tank water is so acidic

Underground concrete tanks is normally roof harvested rain water, which is naturally acidic. The acidity of normal rain is attributed mainly to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere which gets absorbed as water condenses from a gas to a liquid and it is these liquid droplets that forms clouds and eventually rain. Even in areas that are minimally affected by human pollution, the pH of rain water can range from 4.5 to 5.0 which is fairly acidic.

In built-up areas around cities, above normal acid rain is generally caused by human pollution and in highly polluted cities rain water can become as acidic as lemon juice which causes lots of problems for old historic buildings.

This acidity forms part of the natural process that allows rain water, with the help of microbes found in the soil, to dissolve minerals from the soil into a colloidal form that now makes the water neutral and full of minerals which can then be taken up by plants. Acidic water is however not choosy and will happily do the same thing in the human body. Resulting in the stealing of alkalizing minerals and therefore a net loss of these vital minerals from the body as the water attempts to achieve a more neutral pH balance.

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Why is concrete the best material to store water in

The very nature of water itself is that it wants to balance out to a neutral pH. and a concrete tank is the only man made storage system that will allow this to happen. To neutralize itself, water will absorb some of the minerals out of the concrete and will generally settle in a slightly alkaline state.

An in-ground concrete water tank will keep the water at the temperature that it fell out of the sky at and if you are in an area that gets mostly winter rain, that cold water will remain cold all summer.

Even above ground, light cannot penetrate through the concrete walls of a concrete and into the water.

All of this become very important, because roof harvested rain water picks up all sorts of dust, bacteria, and bugs and even after being pre-filtered some always gets through.

Water that is alkaline, cold and removed from light will not support the growth of any bacteria that makes its way into your tank, thus allowing this water to stay clean and drinkable for years.

If you cannot put your tank underground, paint it white; or allow ivy to cover it to keep the sun off it and the water will stay very cold.

Yes in time, this leaching of minerals will compromise the integrity of a concrete tank, but a well-made tank is good for a hundred odd years.

(Thanks to Versatile Tanks for this article)


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Drinking water system components that are used in centralized water treatment plants and water distribution systems up through the water meter are typically regulated by state or provincial drinking water agencies.

Forty-eight U.S. states have legislation, regulations or policies requiring drinking water system components to comply with, or be certified to, NSF/ANSI 61.

Eleven Canadian provinces/territories require drinking water system components to comply with the requirements of NSF/ANSI 61.

Get more information and see a comprehensive map of the U.S. states and Canadian provinces/territories that require NSF/ANSI 61.


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