DPC CRYSTALLINE TECHNOLOGY

One of the characteristics of concrete is the formation of pores and capillaries that are formed during the hydration phase and that are part of every mass of this material.

Pores and capillaries make concrete permeable, allowing the passage of water, which also carries the external chemical agents  that over time cause the oxidation of bars and the deterioration of concrete.

DPC (Deep Penetrating Capillary)  crystalline technology  is a waterproofing chemical treatment that, when added to the  concrete mix as an additive or used as a coating, increases the durability of concrete by sealing pores, capillaries and micro-fractures with a needle-like crystalline formation that is  insoluble and highly resistant.

Supershield’s active components react chemically with the co-products of cement hydration, forming a crystalline structure that becomes part of the concrete mass, making it impervious to moisture and liquids entering from every direction, but allowing the passage of water vapour and allowing the structure to breathe.

The crystalline structure is established when there is moisture. Also in time, if settlement cracks form, new water trying to enter concrete triggers a new crystal growth process  which seals cracks of up to 0.4 mm.

The crystalline structures, being formed inside the concrete mass and not exposed to the surface, cannot deteriorate, whereas membranes and other superficial waterproof coatings can easily be damaged. Simply put, the Supershield DPC system waterproofs and protects concrete  permanently, therefore increasing its durability.

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The benefits to using crystalline technology for waterproofing concrete.

The benefits to using crystalline technology for waterproofing concrete.

The SUPERSHIELD crystalline technology has many advantages over other traditional

technologies for waterproofing both new or existing concrete.

NEW CONCRETE


BENEFITS of the SUPERSHIELD ADMIX:

waterproofs concrete mass and not just the surface or superficial layer

  • is permanent, unlike other systems that have limited duration
  • is self-sealing for cracks of up to 0.4 mm that can form over time
  • protects concrete, sealing pores and capillaries, and thus preventing the penetration of aggressive external chemicals (CO2, chlorides, sulphates, etc.) that cause the oxidation of reinforcement bars
  • reduces time at job site: as soon as the formwork is removed, the concrete is waterproof and there is no need to wait for curing, as with other waterproofing systems
  • costs less than other systems
  • is ECOLOGICAL because it uses the chemistry of concrete, and does not pollute the environment

EXISTING CONCRETE


BENEFITS of the SUPERSHIELD repairing products:

  • they penetrate deeply, to the complete thickness of the concrete, unlike other systems that are superficial or penetrate minimally
  • can be used from both positive and negative sides, compared to the hydrostatic pressure, allowing repairs from the outside, for example, full tanks or reservoirs .
  • repair is permanent, unlike other systems that have a limited or short duration.
  • are self-sealing for cracks of up to 0.4 mm that form even after repair.
  • protects concrete, sealing pores and capillaries, and thus preventing the penetration of aggressive external chemicals (CO2, chlorides, sulphates, etc.)
  • is ECOLOGICAL because it uses the chemistry of concrete, and does not pollute the environment