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Henry Newman
Water resource engineer
Asked a question 2 years ago

Mix proportion of Antifreeze Concrete Admixture

What should be the mix proportions of antifreeze concrete admixture during freezing conditions and also suitable antifreeze to be used.

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Raul Jimenez
Senior Project Manager

The problem is not preventing concrete from freezing. The problem is concrete quits hardening when the temperature drops below 50 degees F. Concrete produces heat with the heat of hydration and will aid in the hardening process. Cold weather concreting methods should be used and consist of insulating the concrete and/or providing heaters. Monitoring the temperature with thermometers is required. Some people add calcium chloride to increase the heat of hydration. Calcium chlodride can cause some reinforcing steel to crorrode.

The mixing ratio of the concrete or the mortar, and the amount of the admixture to be used must be defined with the laboratory trials, using the raw materials taken from the construction site, depending on the required concrete class and the quality, and ambient temperature, Table below provide a percentage of the weight of the dry concrete mixture.

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Ross Kim
Geotechnical engineer

Mix proportion of admixture in antifreeze concrete :

Admixture used in antifreeze concrete: sodium nitrate and sodium sulphate

Mix proportion Ratio of sodium nitrate to sodium sulphate is 3:1

Weight of admixture- 2% to 8% of the total weight of the mix

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Any type of antifreeze product prevents the water against freezing before or during the hydration process of cement.

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Wilma Caldwell
Architectural technologist

An antifreeze admixture consisting of sodium nitrate and sodium sulfate in a ratio of sodium nitrate to sodium sulphate of 3:1 and wherein the admixture is present in the amount of from 2% to 8% , by weight of mixture.