Innovation award in concrete hardener affords the industry new business opportunities.
BASF was honoured at the Ulmer BetonTage 2014 trade fair in Neu-Ulm, Germany, for its concrete hardener, Master X-Seed* 120 in the concrete technology category.
The innovation prize from the concrete component supplier industry is awarded annually by FBF Betondienst, host of the Ulmer BetonTage, and the “BFT International Betonwerk + Fertigteil-Technik” professional journal. Awards are given for innovation in areas such as concrete technology. Assessment criteria include the level of innovation and the originality of the nominees, relevance for the precast concrete component industry, market and application potential, and compliance with technological standards.
According to Herwig Heegewaldt, responsible for BASF’s concrete additive business in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, this award demonstrates that BASF has developed an innovative product that creates new business opportunities for its customers.
This innovative product, Master X-Seed, allows for finely dispersed, synthetically produced, rapid-hardening crystals to be added to the concrete in a ready-made suspension as crystal seeds. This process, known as “seeding”, speeds up the hardening process significantly, particularly during the early stage of cement hydration. Adding Master X-Seed means concrete hardens as rapidly at 20°C as concrete without hardener at 60°C.
Conventional methods involve adding heat to accelerate the hardening process to ensure a high level of productivity.
“In developing the seeding technology, a close link between surface and polymer chemistry, as well as mineralogy and structural engineering know-how were essential,” says Michael Fischer, responsible at BASF for regional market management for concrete additives in Europe. “Master X-Seed is an excellent example of how our interdisciplinary approach to research allows for new applications in the construction industry and creates added value for our customers.”
The concrete industry can use Master X-Seed to optimise production processes, improve concrete quality and energy efficiency, and reduce CO₂ emissions by eliminating the need for heat curing. It also offers new possibilities in ready-mix concrete as well. Pouring concrete in winter at low outside temperatures is, for example, easier and concrete floors can be put in more quickly thanks to reduced waiting times. Also, it does not interfere adversely with the final hardness and service life of the concrete.
“As part of our extensive solutions portfolio bundled under the Master Builders Solutions* brand, Master X-Seed is setting new standards in the concrete industry,” explains Michael. “Process optimisation with lower energy input and consistent product quality is helping our customers along the path to more sustainability in construction.”
Under the Master Builders Solutions brand, BASF bundles its advanced chemical solutions for new construction, maintenance, repair and renovation of structures. Master Builders Solutions is built on the experience gained from more than 100 years in the construction industry. The comprehensive portfolio under the brand encompasses concrete add mixtures, cement additives, chemical solutions for underground construction, waterproofing solutions, sealants, repair and protection solutions, performance grouts, and performance flooring solutions.
For more information go to: www.basf.co.za.
* Master X-Seed and Master Builders Solutions are registered trademarks