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Kryton is pleased to be presenting a technical seminar on the latest Advancements in the Evaluation of Self-Sealing properties of Permeability Reducing Admixtures at the ACI Spring 2017 Convention in Detroit, MI.

 

Kryton’s Research and Development Manager, Alireza Biparva will be presenting an innovative test method to study and characterize the self-sealing performance of concrete by directly measuring water flow rates through leaking cracks based on research done in conjunction with Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Victoria, Dr. Rishi Gupta.

Self-sealing concrete stops the flow of water by closing cracks with crystalline technology

Self-sealing is a critical short and long-term performance property of Permeability Reducing Admixtures. They are continuing to become the new standard in waterproofing, and are replacing the need for externally applied membranes. A PRA’s ability to waterproof concrete is based on reducing the permeability of the concrete. However, some PRA’s can be compromised by cracks that provide an easy pathway for water. The ability to self-seal micro-cracks is important for waterproofing and provides benefits to reducing corrosion.

If it can’t self-seal than it isn’t a waterproofing solution

As the inventor of the crystalline waterproofing admixture, Kryton is committed to change the way the future is built. Krystol Internal Membrane (KIM) has over 35 years’ history in taking the risk out of waterproofing and offering the highest performance for those looking to build better.

Self-sealing concrete
When added to concrete, Kryton’s Krystol Internal Membrane (KIM) chemically reacts with water and un-hydrated cement particles to form insoluble needle-shaped crystals that fill capillary pores and micro-cracks in the concrete, and block the pathways for water and waterborne contaminants. Any moisture introduced over the lifespan of the concrete will initiate crystallization, ensuring permanent waterproofing protection.

Can’t make the ACI convention? Don’t worry, you can still contact us to schedule a meeting or a lunch and learn with one of our experts to learn more about self-sealing concrete.

 

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