Journal Published Online: 04 December 2004
Volume 26, Issue 2

Polycarboxylate Polymers and Blends in Different Cements



During the last few years, polycarboxylate based polymers have become very popular. They contain a polycarboxylic backbone onto which ethyleneoxide side chains have been grafted. However its dispersing and slump keeping properties vary significantly, depending on the chemical structure. The dispersing properties of two polymers having a different number of polyoxyethlene (PEO) graft chains relative to the length of the backbone were evaluated in cement paste by measuring adsorption on cement paste and flow properties in different mortar compositions. The effects of the polymers on the fluidity and the retention of flow of the cementitious systems are significantly different. While one polymer gives a very strong initial water reduction, the second one shows excellent flow retaining properties. When combined, the two polymers are well suited for the production of RMC and self-consolidating concrete mixes with different cements and in different climate zones.

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Mäder, U
Sika Technology AG, Switzerland
Schober, I
Sika Technology AG, Switzerland
Wombacher, F
Sika Technology AG, Switzerland
Ludirdja, D
Sika Corp., USA
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Stock #: CCA12314
ISSN: 0149-6123
DOI: 10.1520/CCA12314