Superplasticized Concrete Takes Off in Dallas

by Eugene E. Dallaire, Assoc. Ed.; Civil Engineering Magazine, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 3, Pg. 39-42

Document Type: Feature article


Some engineers are calling superplasticized concrete the most important advance in concrete technology in over three decades. Over the past four years superplasticized concrete has begun to see growing use in the U.S. A superplasticizer is a chemical added to a conventional concrete mix that makes the concrete a lot more fluid. The advantages of using a superplasticized concrete include less time to place and finish the concrete, accelerated curing of concrete (thus early form removal), assurance of a better quality concrete, much faster curing of concrete during winter months, a savings in cement, a higher quality final concrete, and a concrete with far fewer shrinkage cracks. This article highlights some applications in the Dallas area.

Subject Headings: Concrete | Curing | Quality control | Chemicals | Winter | Cement | Shrinkage (material) | Cracking | United States | Texas

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