Kryton is pleased to present a technical seminar on the lates advancements in the evaluation of self-sealing properties of permeability-reducing admixtures at the ACI Spring 2017 Convention in Detroit, Michigan.
Kryton’s Research and Development Manager Alireza Biparva will be discussing 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 the 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 (PRAs). 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 PRAs 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, Then It Isn’t a Waterproofing Solution
As the inventor of the crystalline waterproofing admixture and the Krystol Internal MembraneTM (KIM®), Kryton is committed to changing the way the future is built. In fact, Kryton’s KIM has over 35 years of history in taking the risk out of waterproofing and offering the highest performance for those looking to build better.
When added to concrete, KIM chemically reacts with water and unhydrated 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 life span 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.