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Conplast R

constructive solutions

Retarding water reducing admixture


Uses

Compatibility

To increase the workability and/or strength of concrete of a


given cement content whilst increasing its initial and final
setting time.

Conplast R is generally compatible with other Fosroc


admixtures but it is recommended that all admixtures be
added to concrete separately. Conplast R can be used with
all types of Portland cements. Use of Type V/SRC cement
will increase the retardation relative to dose. For advice on
special cements consult the technical department.

To facilitate production of high quality concrete of improved


durability and water tightness.
Advantages

Permeability

Set retardation allows extra placing time for larger pours.


Increased workability facilitates placing and compaction.

Improved workability facilitates placing and compaction.


Reduced water:cement ratio increases density and makes
the concrete more waterproof.

High strengths without increase in cement content or


reduction in workability.

Setting times

Strength specifications and


maintained with less cement.

workability

can

be

Set retardation controls stiffening time of concrete in hot


weather.

Initial and final set times will be related to cement type and
ambient temperature.
Figure 1: Conplast R - Initial set time versus dosage at
constant water cement.

Description
Conplast R is supplied as a brown chloride free liquid,
based on a hydroxycarboxylic acid derivative, which
instantly disperses in water.
When added to concrete mixes Conplast R causes the
cement particles to disperse more fully exposing a larger
surface area and enabling the water content to perform,
more efficiently. This effect can be used to improve
workability, to increase ultimate strengths, or to facilitate a
reduction in the cement content.
The retarding properties of Conplast R can also be
beneficial in concrete where high cement content or high
temperatures are involved.
Cold joints in continuous
concrete pours may be avoided and the use of lower
cement content mixes will reduce heat of hydration.
Conplast R is particularly suitable for cohesive and cement
rich mixes. For lean mixes and mixes which are prone to
segregation Conplast RP624 may prove to be more
suitable.
Standards
Conplast R complies with BS 5075 Part 1 and with ASTM
C494, Type D.
Properties
Chloride content:
Specific gravity:
Air entrainment:

Nil to BS 5075
o
1.13 to 1.15 at 20 C
Conplast R acts as a mild air
detrainer.

Instruction for use


Dosages
The dosage of Conplast R normally varies between 0.3 to
0.6 litres per 100 kg cement, depending on the retardation
required. See Figure 1 for guide. Site trial must be carried
out to establish the precise dosage level required.
Dispensing
The correct quantity of Conplast R should be measured by
means of a recommended dispenser. The companys
technical department should be consulted regarding suitable
equipment and its installation. The measured quantity of

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Compressive strength and retardation: Table 1 gives typical results for compressive strength and retardation
Dosage
Ltr/100 kg
Cement
Nil
0.28
0.42
0.56

0.5 N/mm
BS 5075
Initial set
Hours
Minutes
4
30
6
30
8
10
-

3.5 N/mm
BS 5075 Final set
ASTM C403 Initial set
Hours
Minutes
6
8
9
15
11
15

Conplast R should be added directly to the mixer and


bestresults are obtained if added at the same times as the
mixing water.
Curing
It is essential to prevent concrete, which has been retarded
from drying out. Normal curing methods such as water
spray, wet hessian or a Concure curing membrane should
be used.
Cleaning: Spillages of Conplast R can be removed with
water.

27.6 N/mm
ASTM C403
Final set
Hours
Minutes
7
30
10
11
30
13
30

Strength N/mm

W/C
0.68
0.62
0.58
0.56

3 days
20
24
27
28

7 days
28
35
38
39

28 days
38
46
48
49

Storage
Conplast R has a minimum shelf life of 12 months provided
o
o
the temperature is kept within the range 2 C to 50 C. If this
temperature is exceeded in any respect advice should be
sought from the supplier.
Packaging
Conplast R is supplied in 25 and 210 litre drums. Also in
tanker loads. For larger users storage tanks and dispensing
equipment can be supplied.
Supply

Overdosing

Contact your local Fosroc office or representative.

An overdose of Conplast R will result in increased


retardation. Double dosing of maximum recommended
dose will result in a retardation of several days. The
ultimate strength will not be impaired if concrete is properly
cured. It should also if possible be re-vibrated just before
initial set.

Technical service
The company provides a technical advisory service for on
site assistance and for advice on evaluation trials and
dispensing equipment.

Precautions
Additional information

Health and safety


Conplast R is slightly toxic. Do not ingest. It is mildly
alkaline. Avoid prolonged contact with the skin. Splashes
to the skin should be washed with water. Splashes to eyes
should immediately be flushed with clean water and medical
advice should be sought.

Technical data and guidance can be provided on a wide


range of admixtures and concreting aids, including
accelerators, retarders, air entraining agents, waterproofers,
mould release agents, surface retarders and repair
materials.

Fire
Conplast R is non-flammable.

Important note:
Fosroc products are guaranteed against defective materials and manufacture and are sold subject to its standard Conditions
for the Supply of Goods and Services, copies of which may be obtained on request. Whilst Fosroc endeavours to ensure that
any advice, recommendation, specification of information it may give is accurate and correct, it cannot, because it has no direct
or continuous control over where or how its products are applied, accept any liability either directly or indirectly arising from the
use of its products, whether or not in accordance with any advice, specification, recommendation of information given by it.

Fosam Company Limited


Head Office
Post Box 11081
Jeddah - 21453
Saudi Arabia

www.fosroc.com

Telephone: +966 2 637 5345

Fax: +966 2 637 5891

email: fosam@fosroc.com

Regional Offices
Jeddah Sales Office
Jeddah Showroom
Riyadh
Dammam
Khamis Mushayt

Tel: (02) 608 0999


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Registered Office: Industrial Area, Phase 4, Road No. 414, Street No. 407

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