PRODUCTS THAT HELP CONCRETE STAND THE TEST OF TIME

Concrete admixtures play a very important role in the durability enhancement of concrete.  Without admixtures, high durability concrete would be nearly impossible.

Air Entrainers

Air entrainment in concrete is a necessity for any areas which will experience cycles of freezing and thawing. By adding in consistently sized and spaced air bubbles at the correct percentage, durability of concrete is dramatically improved. Sika’s line of air entraining admixtures comply with the standards set forth in ASTM C260.

Corrosion Inhibitors

Rebar is utilized in concrete to provide it tensile strength, however, if not properly protected this rebar can corrode and cause concrete to crack and break apart. Sika CNI and Ferroguard technologies can help protect this from happening.

Shrinkage Reducing Admixtures

Concrete shrinks! Over time through chemical and drying shrinkage concrete changes volume and these volume changes can cause it to crack. The use of Sika Control SRA’s can help prevent cracking and reduce shrinkage.

Silica Fume

Silica fume is an extremely fine powder that when utilized in concrete can help provide high strengths. SikaCrete products help densify concrete making it more resistant to mechanical abrasion and chemical ingress.

Sikacrete®-950 DP

Densified Silica Fume Powder
How It Works: Sikacrete®-950 DP is a pozzolanic material that consists primarily of fine silicon dioxide particles in a non-crystalline form. Silica fume particles have a diameter of less than 1μm; about 100 times smaller than the average cement particle.    Pozzolanic action: A chemical reaction takes place between the free lime Ca (OH) 2 in the cement paste and the microsilica particles which results in the formation of additional calcium silicate hydrate (CSH) gel, the glue that holds the concrete constituents together. The formation of this extra binding force within the gel increases the compressive and flexural strength of the concrete.   Void Reduction: The fine particles of Sikacrete®-950 DP fill the tiny voids and capillary pores within the cement matrix and significantly reduce porosity to produce an extremely dense and impermeable concrete.     Advantages: Sikacrete®-950 DP produces concrete that has dramatically increased compressive and flexural strength, which allows greater design flexibility and structural design economies, combined with reduced permeability to increase the service life of the concrete.    
  • Compressive strengths are dramatically increased for high performance concrete.
  • Excellent abrasion and erosion resistance increases concrete durability in high-traffic areas.
  • Permeability is dramatically reduced, which makes microsilica ideal for applications where concrete will be required to resist chemical attack.
  • Resistance to corrosion is increased because concrete is more resistant to water ingress and therefore also to corrosion caused by sulfates and water-borne chlorides such as deicing salts.
  • Decreased permeability gives microsilica concrete excellent freeze-thaw resistance because less water is trapped inside the cement paste.
   Sikacrete®-950 DP does not contain calcium chloride nor any other intentionally added chloride containing ingredients.
Metakaolin

Metakaolin is highly reactive calcined clay. It is amorphous; meaning it chemically reacts with the hydration products of concrete to reduce its permeability and improve its strength and durability.

Sikacrete® M-100

Metakaolin Powder
How it works: Sikacrete® M-100 is a pozzolanic material, it is produced by thermally activating kaolin clay to produce an amorphous and chemically reactive material. Unlike other supplementary cementitious materials like flyash, slag and silica fume, Sikacrete® M-100 is not a by-product, it is specifically manufactured to its specification that improve the properties of concrete. The average particle size of Sikacrete® M-100 is 5 μm.    Pozzolanic action: Sikacrete® M-100 reacts with the free lime, Ca (OH)2 produced during the hydration process of cement to produce Calcium Aluminates and additional Calcium Silicate hydrates which is responsible for the strength of the cementitious mixture or concrete.   Void Reduction: The fine particles of Sikacrete® M-100 fill the tiny voids and capillary pores within the cement matrix and significantly reduce porosity to produce an extremely dense and impermeable concrete.   Advantages:
  • Increased early and later age compressive and flexural strength, which allows flexibility in structural design and allows early stripping of forms.
  • Increased resistance to bleeding and segregation.
  • Improved abrasion and erosion resistance, which increases concrete durability in hightraffic areas
  • Reduced permeability, which increases durability, resists chemical attack and increases service life of concrete.
  • Improved corrosion resistance, due to reduced chloride ingress in concrete.
  • Improved concrete performance in freeze thaw conditions.
  • Reduced deleterious expansions in concrete due to alkali-silica reaction.
  • Produces lighter color concrete due to its creamy white color.
  • Reduced efflorescence.
    Sikacrete® M-100 does not contain any calcium chloride nor any other intentionally added chloride containing ingredients.
ASR Controlling

ASR has been found to be responsible for the deterioration of various concrete structures including pavements, bridges, dams and other structures. The main reason for the occurrence of ASR is the presence of moderate to highly reactive aggregates and the utilization of high-alkali cements which are present in some regions. As a result, concrete for new construction in regions where ASR has been detected require the use of a mitigation alternative to help prevent ASR. Lithium nitrate admixtures are one of most effective mitigation options to prevent ASR.

Water Reducers

SikaPlast®-500

Mid Range Water Reducing Admixture
Low Range Water Reducing Applications: SikaPlast®-500 can be used as an economical low dosage admixture for conventional slump concrete, where water reduction up to 5% is required. SikaPlast®-500 shows similar setting properties as a reference concrete. By reducing water SikaPlast®-500 improves durability and increases compressive strength.   Mid Range Water Reducing Applications: Mid range application will be beneficial especially in ready mix applications. At a medium dosage, SikaPlast®-500 can be used as a cost effective mid range water reducing admixture or simply as a water reducing admixture for production of conventional slump concrete. When used as a mid range water reducing admixture, water reduction up to 12 % can be obtained. This application is ideal for use with lean, harsh ready mix concrete mixes or concrete containing fly ash. SikaPlast®-500 will improve workability and finishability.    High Range Water Reducing Applications: When used as a high range water reducing admixture, water reduction up to 20 % can be obtained. The superplasticizing action allows for the production of high slump flowing concrete with excellent workability that can be placed with minimum vibration even at a low water/cement ratio. The dispersing action of SikaPlast®-500 maximizes cement hydration efficiency and improves concrete’s early and long term compressive strengths. The combined water reducing and superplasticizing action in all three cases provide the following benefits:
  • Higher early and ultimate strengths.
  • Increased slump improves ease of placement and reduces labor costs.
  • Reduced water/cementitious ratio reduces permeability and increases durability.
   SikaPlast®-500 does not contain calcium chloride or any other intentionally added chlorides and will not contribute to corrosion on steel reinforcement present in the concrete.

Sikament® AFM

Mid Range Water Reducing Admixture
Mid Range Water Reducing Applications: Mid range application will be beneficial especially in ready mix applications. At a lower dosage, Sikament® AFM can be used as a cost effective mid range water reducing admixture or simply as a water reducing admixture for production of conventional slump concrete. When used as a mid range water reducing admixture, water reduction up to 15 % can be obtained. This application is ideal for use with lean, harsh ready mix concrete mixes or concrete containing flyash. Sikament® AFM will improve workability and finishability.    High Range Water Reducing Applications: When used as a high range water reducing admixture, water reduction up to 25 % can be obtained. The superplasticizing action allows for the production of high slump flowing concrete with excellent workability that can be placed with minimum vibration even at a low water/cement ratio. The dispersing action of Sikament® AFM maximizes cement hydration efficiency and improves concrete’s early and long term compressive strengths.    The combined water reducing and superplasticizing action provide the following benefits:
  • Higher early and ultimate strengths for cost effective high strength concrete and earlier structural use of concrete.
  • Increased slump improves workability and reduces labor costs.
  • Full flow action aids in pumping and reduces need for vibration.
  • Greater concrete density reduces permeability and increases durability.
    Sikament® AFM does not contain calcium chloride or any other intentionally added chlorides and will not contribute to corrosion on steel reinforcement present in the concrete.

Sikament®-610

High Range Water Reducing Admixture
Water Reduction: Implication of high performance polymers allows Sikament®-610 to be used for all levels of water reduction. Sikament®-610 delivers high early strength development without causing delay of setting time, while providing a window of workability that makes it useful for most concreting applications. Sikament®-610 is designed for both the production of conventional slump concrete, as well as for SCC applications.    High Plasticity and Cohesion: The superplasticizing action of Sikament®-610 allows the production of high-slump concrete without segregation such that concrete can be placed with minimal vibrations even at low water cement ratios. Sikament®-610 is typically very cost effective when used for water reduction in the range of 20–25 %. Sikament®-610 maintains excellent cohesion within the concrete matrix eliminating excessive bleeding and/or segregation. The combined high range water reduction and efficient dispersing action of Sikament®-610 provide the following benefits in hardened concrete:   
  • Higher early compressive strengths for earlier removal of forms and structural use of concrete.
  • Higher ultimate strengths allow for greater engineering design flexibility and structural economies.
  • Reduced water cement ratios produce more durable, dense concrete with reduced permeability.
  • Highly effective dispersion reduces surface defects in concrete elements and improves aesthetic appearance.
  • In combination with set time accelerators or hardening accelerators, its fast setting characteristics and fast early strength development allows users to reduce the amount of heat necessary to achieve stripping strength.
    Sikament®-610 has been formulated to provide maximum water reduction and increased early strength. In addition improved finishing characteristics may be achieved, particularly when final finish, such as broom finish, is desired. Sikament®-610 does not contain calcium chloride or any other intentionally added chlorides and will not initiate or promote the corrosion of steel present in the concrete.

Sikament®-686

High Range Water Reducing Admixture
High Range Water Reducing Applications: When used as a high range water reducing admixture, water reduction up to 30 % can be obtained. The superplasticizing action allows for the production of high slump flowing concrete with excellent workability that can be placed with minimum vibration even at a low water/cementitious ratio. The dispersing action of Sikament®-686 maximizes cement hydration efficiency and improves concrete’s early and long term compressive strengths.   Mid Range Water Reducing Applications: At a lower dosage, Sikament®-686 can be used as a cost effective mid range water reducing admixture or simply as a water reducing admixture for production of conventional slump concrete. When used as a mid range water reducing admixture, water reduction up to 15 % can be obtained. This application is ideal for use with lean, harsh concrete mixes or concrete containing fly ash. Sikament®-686 will improve workability and finishability. The combined water reducing and superplasticizing action provide the following benefits:
  • Higher early and ultimate strengths for cost effective high strength concrete and earlier structural use of concrete.
  • Higher early strengths allow faster demolding and more efficient use of forms to precast producers.
  • Increased slump improves workability and reduces labor costs.
  • Full flow action aids in pumping and reduces need for vibration.
  • Greater concrete density reduces permeability and increases durability.
   Sikament®-686 does not contain calcium chloride or any other intentionally added chlorides and will not initiate or contribute to corrosion on steel reinforcement present in the concrete.

Sika® ViscoCrete®-1000

High Range Water Reducing Admixture
Sika® ViscoCrete®-1000 can be used for the production of SCC (Self Consolidating Concrete) as well as for the production of conventional slump concrete. The implementation of the latest Sika® ViscoFlow® Technology allows Sika® ViscoCrete®-1000 to extend the slump retention without a negative impact on set time. This is beneficial especially in a hot climate environment when the slump loss of a concrete mixture is more likely to occur.      High Range Water Reducing Applications: When used as a high range water reducing admixture, water reduction up to 35 % can be obtained. The superplasticizing action allows for the production of high slump flowing concrete with excellent workability and extended slump retention that can be placed with minimum vibration even at a low water/cementitious ratio. The dispersing action of Sika® ViscoCrete®-1000 maximizes cement hydration efficiency and improves concrete’s early and long term compressive strengths. Extended slump retention does not have negative effect on setting times.    Mid Range Water Reducing Applications: At a lower dosage, Sika® ViscoCrete®-1000 can be used as a cost effective mid range water reducing admixture or simply as a water reducing admixture for production of conventional slump concrete. When used as a mid range water reducing admixture, water reduction up to 15 % can be obtained. This application is ideal for use with lean, harsh concrete mixes or concrete containing fly ash. Sika® ViscoCrete®-1000 will improve workability and finishability.     The combined water reducing and superplasticizing action provide the following benefits:
  • Higher early and ultimate strengths for cost effective high strength concrete and earlier structural use of concrete.
  • Higher early strengths allow faster demolding and more efficient use of forms to precast producers.
  • Improved slump retention will extend workability without negative effect on setting time characteristics of the concrete mixture.
  • Increased slump improves workability and reduces labor costs.
  • Greater concrete density reduces permeability and increases durability.
    Sika® ViscoCrete®-1000 does not contain calcium chloride or any other intentionally added chlorides and will not initiate or contribute to corrosion on steel reinforcement present in the concrete.

Sika® ViscoCrete®-2100

High Range Water Reducing Admixture
Water Reduction: Sika® ViscoCrete®-2100 can be dosed in small amounts to obtain water reduction from 10-15%, and will achieve water reduction up to 45% at high dosage rates. Sika® ViscoCrete®-2100 is suitable for all levels of water reduction.       High Plasticity: The superplasticizing action of Sika® ViscoCrete®-2100 provides highslump, flowing concrete that maintains excellent workability and may be placed with minimal vibration even at very low water cement ratio’s as low as 0.25. Sika® ViscoCrete®-2100 plasticized concrete is highly fluid while maintaining complete cohesion within the concrete matrix to eliminate excessive bleeding or segregation.     Extended Slump Life and Set Control: Sika® ViscoCrete®-2100 has been formulated to provide controlled and predictable extended slump life for periods of 60 to 90 minutes with normal set times, The combined high range water reduction and superplasticizing action of Sika® ViscoCrete®-2100 provide the following benefits in hardened concrete:
  • Higher ultimate strengths allow for greater engineering design flexibility and structural economies.
  • Reduced water cement ratios produce more durable, dense concrete with reduced permeability.
  • Highly effective plasticizer reduces surface defects in concrete elements and improves aesthetic appearance.
  • It has been formulated to provide maximum water reduction and extended slump retention at low dosages. Sika® ViscoCrete®-2100 is a non-chloride based admixture, it does not contain any intentionally added chlorides.

Sika® ViscoCrete®-2110

High Range Water Reducing Admixture
Sika® ViscoCrete®-2110 can be used for all levels of water reduction in various types of concrete ranging from dry cast applications, conventional concrete to SCC (Self Consolidating Concrete). Sika® ViscoCrete®-2110 will deliver water reduction up to 45 %. The special formulation of Sika® ViscoCrete®-2110 increases compressive strength of concrete and helps maintain the plasticity of the concrete over prolonged period of time. Sika® ViscoCrete®-2110 extends concrete workability time during warmer months when slump loss and fast stiffening of the fresh concrete can be a concern. The superplasticizing action of Sika® ViscoCrete®-2110 provides high slump / flowing concrete that be placed with minimal or no vibration even at very low water cementitious ratios, as low as 0.25.    Water Reduction: Sika® ViscoCrete®-2110 can be dosed in small amounts to obtain water reduction from 10–15 %, and will achieve water reduction up to 45 % at high dosage rates. Sika® ViscoCrete®-2110 is suitable for all levels of water reduction.           Plasticizing effect: The superplasticizing action of Sika® ViscoCrete®-2110 provides high slump, flowing concrete that maintains excellent workability and may be placed with minimal vibration even at very low water cementitious ratio’s as low as 0.25. Sika® ViscoCrete®-2110 plasticized concrete is highly fluid while maintaining complete cohesion within the concrete matrix to eliminate excessive bleeding or segregation.    Extended Slump Life and Set Control: Sika® ViscoCrete®-2110 has been formulated to provide controlled and predictable extended slump life for periods of 60 to 90 minutes with normal set times. The combined high range water reduction and superplasticizing action of Sika® ViscoCrete®-2110 provide the following benefits in hardened concrete: Higher ultimate strengths allow for greater engineering design flexibility and structural economies. Reduced water cement ratios produce more durable, dense concrete with reduced permeability. Highly effective plasticizer reduces surface defects in concrete elements and improves aesthetic appearance. Sika® ViscoCrete®-2110 has been formulated to provide maximum water reduction and extended slump retention throughout entire dosage range.   
  • Extended slump life.
  • Increased compressive strength when compared to reference concrete with same w/cm ratio.
  • High early compressive strengths for earlier removal of forms and structural use of concrete.
  • High ultimate strengths allow for greater engineering design flexibility and structural economies.
  • Reduced water cementitious ratios produce more durable, dense concrete with reduced permeability.
  • Highly effective plasticizer reduces surface defects in concrete elements and improves aesthetic appearance.
  • Ideal for the production of Self Consolidating Concrete.

Sika® ViscoCrete®-4100

High Range Water Reducing Admixture
Water Reduction: Sika® ViscoCrete®-4100 can be dosed in small amounts to obtain water reduction from 10–15 %, and will achieve water reduction up to 40 % at high dosage rates. Sika® ViscoCrete®-4100 is suitable for all levels of water reduction.    High Plasticity and Cohesion: The special formulation of Sika® ViscoCrete®-4100 helps maintain the plasticity of the concrete and extends its workability time during warmer months when slump loss and fast stiffening of the fresh concrete can be a concern. The superplasticizing action of Sika® ViscoCrete®-4100 provides high slump, flowing concrete that maintains excellent workability, and may be placed with minimal or no vibration even at very low water cement ratios as low as 0.25. Sika® ViscoCrete®-4100 maintains excellent cohesion within the concrete matrix, and eliminates excessive bleeding or segregation. The unique plasticizing effect of Sika® ViscoCrete®-4100 provides excellent formed surface finish. The combined high range water reduction and superplasticizing action of Sika® ViscoCrete®-4100 provide the following benefits in hardened concrete:
  • High early compressive strengths for earlier removal of forms and structural use of concrete.
  • High ultimate strengths allow for greater engineering design flexibility and structural economies.
  • Reduced water cement ratios produce more durable, dense concrete with reduced permeability.
  • Highly effective plasticizer reduces surface defects in concrete elements and improves aesthetic appearance.
  • Ideal for the production of Self Consolidating Concrete.
    Sika® ViscoCrete®-4100 has been formulated to provide maximum water reduction, increased early strength, improved finishing characteristics, especially when a broom is desired. Sika® ViscoCrete®-4100 does not contain formaldehyde, calcium chloride or any other intentionally added chlorides, and will not initiate or promote the corrosion of steel present in the concrete.

Sika® ViscoCrete®-6100

High Range Water Reducer
Water Reduction: Sika® ViscoCrete®-6100 can be dosed in small amounts to obtain water reduction from 10-15 %, and will achieve water reduction up to 45 % at high dosage rates. Sika® ViscoCrete®-6100 is suitable for all levels of water reduction.   High Plasticity and Cohesion: The superplasticizing action of Sika® ViscoCrete®-6100 provides high-slump, flowing concrete that maintains excellent workability, and may be placed with minimal or no vibration even at very low water cement ratios as low as 0.25. Sika® ViscoCrete®-6100 maintains excellent cohesion within the concrete matrix, and eliminates excessive bleeding or segregation. The unique plasticizing effect of Sika® ViscoCrete®-6100 provides excellent formed surface finish. The combined high range water reduction and superplasticizing action of Sika® ViscoCrete®-6100 provide the following benefits in hardened concrete:
  • Higher early compressive strengths for earlier removal of forms and structural use of concrete.
  • Higher ultimate strengths allow for greater engineering design flexibility and structural economies.
  • Reduced water cement ratios produce more durable, dense concrete with reduced permeability.
  • Highly effective plasticizer reduces surface defects in concrete elements and improves aesthetic appearance.
  • Ideal for the production of Self Consolidating Concrete.
   It has been formulated to provide maximum water reduction, increased early strength, improved finishing characteristics, especially when a broom is desired. Sika® ViscoCrete®-6100 does not contain formaldehyde, calcium chloride or any other intentionally added chlorides, and will not initiate or promote the corrosion of steel present in the concrete.