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The most important 6 points of concrete floor maintenance can prevent cracks from occurring

The most important 6 points of concrete floor maintenance can prevent cracks from occurring 1

The widespread use and promotion of commercial concrete, greatly improved the construction speed and building quality, and promote the vigorous development of commercial concrete technology.

However, the resulting early cracking of commercial concrete, but until the end has not been an effective solution to the quality of construction projects in recent years is the focus of controversy and complaints, has caused great concern to the industry and society.

First, the cause of cracks in commercial concrete is of course complex and multifaceted

The lack of understanding of the use of commercial soil and improper maintenance, is the main reason for the prevalence of cracks in commercial concrete, this paper on the cracking of commercial concrete and maintenance issues to discuss the views.

Second, the importance of the beginning of the maintenance time to control the early shrinkage of commercial concrete

1, for ordinary concrete not mixed with water-reducing agent, early shrinkage is small, early sprinkler maintenance is mainly to make the cement fully hydrated to ensure the development of concrete strength, therefore, China’s concrete structure construction quality acceptance specifications, the beginning of concrete maintenance time is within 12 hours after pouring.

2, for a large number of modern commercial concrete mixed with water-reducing agent, it is proved by relevant tests that the shrinkage increases sharply within 8 hours after initial setting, and in the actual project, the most large number of large volume of floor cracks mainly appear within a few hours after initial setting of concrete, therefore, a good grasp of the starting curing time is the key to control the early shrinkage of commercial concrete cracks.

If we continue to wait 12 hours after pouring and then sprinkle maintenance, we will lose the best time to control early shrinkage cracks, and in terms of early shrinkage crack control, we will lose any role. However, most of the current construction unit is still accustomed to the traditional construction maintenance experience, not according to the characteristics of the present commercial concrete, that is, in the concrete just initial set (before the surface water loss), on the adoption of reasonable maintenance measures, effectively reduce shrinkage, reduce cracking.

Third,The need for timely and adequate wetting of commercial concrete maintenance

1, The so-called timely curing is mainly: to curing the concrete before the surface does not lose water.

In the actual operation, it is difficult to master timely curing, but it should be determined according to the performance of the concrete mix and the climate, etc. (Generally, wet curing should be carried out when the concrete is first set), and if water loss has occurred on the surface during curing, the defects caused by water loss should be treated before curing to ensure the effect of curing.

2, the so-called full curing, mainly: to ensure that in the entire specified maintenance period, concrete can not lose water, no water loss is the full curing; Otherwise, water loss is insufficient curing.

Concrete curing the more adequate, then the existence of concrete defects is less; concrete curing is not adequate, then the existence of concrete defects more. However, most of the current construction unit of the concrete maintenance are in the pouring of the next day after the start of watering, 2-5 times a day, so that the maintenance is neither timely nor adequate, resulting in a lot of cracks.

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Fourth, wet curing 7-day period, the impact of the various stages of commercial concrete curing

1, according to the test data and production experience, the 7d strength of commercial concrete is probably 28d strength (65% ~ 85%), so the specification requires wet curing 7 days is reasonable, it is best to keep 7 days without water loss.

According to our production experience, in these 7 days, the earlier the time, the easier it is for the concrete to lose water, the more likely to form defects, the more important it is to prevent water loss.

2, 3-d strength is about 28d strength (45% ~ 60%), so the first 3 days to prevent water loss is particularly critical. If the first 3 days do not lose water, then continue to water and moisturize to 7 days, from the project actually, the results are good.

3, the first day is very critical, if the first day too much water loss, the defects caused by the future may be difficult to repair.    

4, we found that some sites, the first day do not pay attention to maintenance, the next day before the start of water conservation, maintenance is over, the board still has a lot of cracks, the analysis of its causes: because the first day has been a crack, which means that the first day of the non-maintenance of the relatively coarse pores have been formed, it is difficult to heal.

So, 7 days of wet maintenance, the key is the first 3 days, the most critical is the first day, so we have to make sure that the first day is not water loss, no matter what kind of maintenance we use.

Fifth, The importance of secondary concrete troweling

1、Smoothing in one go. Immediately smooth the surface with a wooden trowel, known as “primary smoothing”.

2、Second smoothing. Once smoothed, if not immediately after the concrete curing measures, then to the first set of concrete, must be smoothed at least once again, this time not only smoothed, but also “pressure”, the concrete surface smoothed and compacted (concrete internal secretion channels, capillary channels, wipe pressure, eliminate.), known as “secondary wiping”. This is called “secondary wiping”.

The main role of secondary wiping has 3 points.

(1) Eliminate surface defects, internal secretory channels (i.e., capillary channels) and early plastic cracks in concrete.

(2) Improve the compactness of the concrete surface layer.

(3) Improve the surface compaction, slow down the migration and evaporation of water in concrete, and improve the anti-cracking ability of concrete.

3、From the first smoothing to the second smoothing, it is the process of gradual initial setting of concrete.

4、The formation of cracks. In a long period of time, as long as the relative humidity of the environment is below 100%, the concrete surface will lose water, the formation of internal defects – capillary channels. These defects are not eliminated, in the case of continued water loss on the concrete surface, the pore will be further deepened, the further expansion of cracks, cracking, serious cases will cause penetrating cracks, resulting in floor leakage.

5, we found that in the wet curing is not timely and adequate (such as traditional wet curing), only a smoothing without secondary erasure, concrete cracking will be very serious.

With secondary troweling, the degree of cracking is greatly reduced. Therefore, unless the implementation of immediate curing, so that the concrete surface can not generate water loss defects, otherwise the secondary wiping process is necessary.

6, the traditional trowel manual trowelling. In the secondary wiping process, now often used to trowel manual wiping, not only inefficient, not strong enough, when the defect from the surface and inside the development of deeper, it will be difficult to eliminate.   

7、Disc type power trowel: the best secondary wiping using disc type power trowel, the elimination of surface defects (and concrete internal secretion channels) and compacted surface than the trowel, the role of better, high efficiency.

There are two types of power trowel: walk behind power trowel and ride on trowel machine, which makes the secondary trowel more efficient and more accurate. Better finish the ground leveling.

8、After the secondary wiping, the concrete must be immediately cured with sufficient wetness to avoid the concrete losing water again, only in this way, can guarantee the early hydration of concrete, improve the quality of hardened concrete, and lay an early quality foundation for the improvement of concrete durability.

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Sixth, early membrane curing is very necessary

Practice has shown that the use of membrane curing after concrete pouring is a simple and effective way of curing. Especially in the vast northern regions, high temperature, wind speed, dry air, water loss fast, the use of membrane curing, you can quickly seal the concrete moisture in the interior, and in the membrane and the concrete surface to form a long-term wet curing environment, after the final set concrete surface temperature cracks, survival neat and tidy.

The membrane curing construction needs to pay attention to the timeliness, and must complete the membrane lamination before the initial setting of concrete. Film and concrete surface should be closely bonded without bubbles, no gap between the membrane and the membrane cover, no large area overlap, and do a good job of later surface watering maintenance, keep the membrane surface moist.

In the aspect of film coating maintenance, Weinan Hongji Da did a good job in the construction of Purple Emperor Residence and other projects, and achieved the comprehensive film coating maintenance of concrete pouring, no structural concrete cracking phenomenon, which ensured the quality and safety of concrete structure and beautiful image.

To sum up, as long as the construction is carried out strictly according to the construction specification, the concrete surface is secondary smoothed, and timely and sufficient membrane moisture preservation is implemented, the cracks of concrete can be reduced to a large extent, so that the concrete cracks can be effectively controlled.

Quality control during concrete construction

Previously we have writen an article about Laser screed machine how to distinct its purchasability , now we will tell about quality control during concrete construction.

Quality control during concrete construction have 20 steps in this article.

1 Setting level line at the side of the wall: as laser screed machine can’t touch the wall, area where is 200-300mm away from the wall should be leveled by manual work. So level line is need to be settled as reference of artificial leveling. Meanwhile, set 2-3 undisturbed level lines (floor scale height ±0.0) at one time during construction, the level lines should be set to allow workers to see the other when work on one of them. Precision of level line is ±0.1mm.

2 Setting template( steel template, the position is in accordance with design requirement) along stand column, so as to form separation seam. Top scale height of template should between +0 and -0.2mm, in case that flatness and levelness at joint is affected.

3 Install construction joint template along the area where is going to be poured( steel template is suggested), holes of 300mm space should be reserved, in order to plug in dowel steel. Top scale height of template should between +0mm and -2mm, in case that joint between different carbins occurs large deviation.

4 Setting polystyrene sheet (thickness about 5mm) along wall, equipment foundation and stand column, to reserve separation joint and avoid craze of concrete floor.

5 Smearing oil on template

6 Placement of laser emitter: it should be placed on column. Detailed position should be decided according to concrete placing quantity. If placement on column can not be accomplished, then it should be placed on special triangle.

laser screed
laser screed

7) Transporting concrete to the site: transportation speed of concrete should be at less 60m3/hour with even speed, pause interval should be decreased, to avoid cold junction. If pause interval is more than 45 minutes, there should be settled a construction joint and constant construction is not suggested.

8 To guarantee quality of concrete floor to be poured, there should be 8-10 workers in each group to cooperate with each other, push aside surface of concrete which is placed on floor and make them smooth, make the piled material a little higher (about 10mm) than designed scale height. Meanwhile arrange 2 workers around wall, outcrop pipeline and template to trowel  (use darby slicker of 2m and plasterer’s trowel) concrete 20 cm away around them. Workers who are in charge of troweling must be skillful plasterer.

9 As thickness of concrete reaches to 350mm, bistratal and bidirectional bar-mat reinforcement are set, to guarantee close-grained of concrete vibratory, this project requires for a vibrating needle to conduct vibration.

10 Width of concrete material poured on platform each time should be no less than 6m, its length is decided by boarder of template. Construction direction from left to right (along short side direction), from front to back (along long side direction). Placing and pouring quantity is suggested to be 1500-2000m2. Use groove profile trowel to trowel the site quarterly after leveling through concrete laser screed machine.

laser screed
laser screed

11 After initial condensation. Use trowel machine (equipped with circular plate) to construct the site when footprint stepped by a person is 3mm deep, twist mortar on the surface equably, then use leveling trowel with a length of 3m to striking ridgy concrete surface (specially area where is around the part troweled by worker) in some area, at last, equably bestrew two thirds of metal aggregate wear-resisting flooring hardener on compacted concrete surface.   

12 As hardener bestrewed by man hand may not equably, leveling trowel is needed to be used to trowel hardener material and then use trowel machine (circular plate) to press it into concrete. Then bestrew the remaining one third hardener. Then use leveling trowel to conduct partial maintenance.

13 Use circular trowel machine to finish the construction site lengthways and athwartships twice. 

14 At last use trowel blade on trowel machine to conduct repairing work on the surface, for edges (such as side of wall) where trowel machine can not touch to, labor is require to do the repairing.  

15 Maintenance. For floor where seal solidification agent is not required, curing agent is suggested to be used for maintenance. For floor where other surface coating (such as epikote) is required in the future, the surface is not recommended to use hardener, in case that effect of surface will be effected. Concrete floor which is just constructed mustn’t bare to environment that is adverse to maintenance of concrete such as sunshine, wind and rain.

laser screed
laser screed

16 Template removal ( including template around stand column), please note that do not damage the corner.

17 Cutting control joint: cutting in accordance with designed space and depth requirements. If no requirements for design, keep 6m distance during cutting is suggested(if there is designed requirements, take is as criterion), cutting should be conducted in the best cutting time( within 24 hours without breaking concrete surface). To avoid inconformity of surface color, sewage should be collected (through cleaner) immediately after cutting.

18 Clean polystyrene filler strip along wall, fill it with polyurethane after 28 days.

19 All cutting joints and construction joints are filled with polyurethane after 28 days. Pour concrete to template of stand column.

20 Ensure that concrete supply speed reaches to 60m3 per hour or more, and initial condensation time of each batch of concrete should be the same.

if you want to know more about construction of concrete by laser screed, please refer to Laser screed flooring one-stop concrete construction technology .

Two methods for construction site management of superflat floor

We have introduced Laser screed flooring advantages on floor with a large area in previous article. Details please refer to features of concrete laser screed flooring. In later articles we will continue to introduce you more knowledge about this topic, today we will introduce method for construction site management method of superflat floor.

In order to better accomplish each construction of large floor, comprehensive settlement and management of large-area floor construction, fundamentally avoid wrong operation construction situation in application of laser screed construction technology. Referring to method for construction site management of superflat floor, it can be accomplished through the following aspects:


Elimination of obstacles in construction site management of superflat floor.

In practical construction, all obstacles such as kennel, rubbish and telecommunication line in construction area is required to be eliminated, high-tension line and telecommunication shall be moved if approved by relevant departments, if there is any obstacle that can not be moved or dismantled, then constructor should execute adjustment or avoidance.

Measurement of construction site management of superflat floor

Measurement in site. Before carrying out large area floor construction, each control point shall be measured and detected in accordance with requirements of construction and owner, level point and horizontal control point is required to be measured after each coordinate point and altimetric point are determined, ensure each construction parameter in accordance with construction design.

Above is detailed method for construction site settlement and management of superflat floor, we will continue to discuss this topic in later articles. If you want to know more about concrete laser screed machine, please fell free to contact us in any time.