Sikacrete Self Consolidating Concrete
Sikacrete Self Consolidating Concrete is a one-component, high-strength, all-purpose concrete mix for horizontal surfaces or vertical and overhead surfaces when formed and pumped or poured.
Remove all deteriorated concrete, dirt, oil, grease, and all bond-inhibiting materials from surface. Be sure repair area is not less than 1 in. (25.4 mm) in depth.
Preparation work should be done by high pressure water blast, scabbler, or other appropriate mechanical means to obtain an exposed aggregate surface with a minimum surface profile of 1/8 in. (3.2 mm) (CSP-7-8). Saturate surface with clean water. Substrate should be saturated surface dry (SSD) with no standing water during application. Reinforcing Steel: Steel reinforcement should be thoroughly prepared by mechanical cleaning to remove all traces of rust. Where corrosion has occurred due to the presence of chlorides, the steel should be high-pressure washed with clean water after mechanical cleaning.
Start mixing with 4.2 pints (2 L) of water. An additional 0.3 pint (0.15 L) can be added if needed. Do not over water as excess water will cause segregation. Add Sikacrete Self Consolidating Concrete while continuing to mix. Mix to a uniform consistency, maximum 3 minutes. Mechanically mix with a low-speed drill (400-600 rpm) and paddle or in appropriate-size mortar mixer or concrete mixer.
Pre-wet surface to SSD (Saturated Surface Dry). Ensure good intimate contact with the substrate is achieved. To accomplish this, material should be scrubbed into the substrate or other suitable means should be employed such as vibration of the material or pumping under pressure. Vibrate form while pouring or pumping. Pump with a variable pressure pump. Continue pumping until a 3 to 5 psi increase in normal line pressure is evident then STOP pumping. Form should not deflect. Vent to be capped when steady flow is evident, and forms stripped when appropriate.
Tooling and Finishing
As per ACI recommendations for portland cement concrete, curing is required. Moist cure with wet burlap and polyethylene, a fine mist of water or a water based compatible curing compound. Curing compounds adversely affect the adhesion of following layers of mortar, leveling mortar or protective coatings. Moist curing should commence immediately after finishing. Protect newly applied material from direct sunlight, wind, rain, and frost.
- Application thickness
- Minimum 1 in. (25mm)
- Maximum 8 in. (200 mm)
- Minimum ambient and surface temperatures 45°F (7ºC) and rising at time or application.
- As with all cement based materials, avoid contact with aluminum to prevent adverse chemical reaction and possible product failure. Do not use on potential areas such as aluminum bars, rails, posts, etc.