12 Days of Acti-Gel® 208 Additive

December 4th 2023

In the spirit of the Holidays Active Minerals International brings you the 12 Days of Acti-Gel 208 additive! At the end of the 12 days check the news section on our website for the full list.

Our 1st application: Use more Man Sand in concrete while maintaining product performance.

Long gone are the days of needing to use expensive or hard to source round grain natural sand to make a beautiful, pumpable concrete. With a dash of Acti-Gel, the concrete becomes a dream for the hard-working folks pumping, placing, and finishing the concrete. From warehouse builds in the middle of nowhere, to every day ready mix, Acti-Gel will make great mud with man sand.

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Check out the history of Acti-Gel 208 on the Add 10 Gallons Concrete Podcast: Podcast Link

Contact Active Minerals today to learn more: info@activeminerals.com

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December 5th, 2023

Day 2:

With Holiday spirit AMI brings you the 12 Days of Acti-Gel 208 additive! Click here for the full list.

CMU’s (Concrete Block): The same strengths with less cement can result when we put Acti-Gel® additives in concrete blocks and other CMUs.  Cement reduction of up to 15% can save the producer pennies per unit while Acti-Gel®  product helps maintain swipe, durability, and stability. Acti-Gel® also works well with pigments and white cement with little to no impact on cycle or cure time.

Check out our website for more details: https://www.activeminerals.com

Check out the history of Acti-Gel 208 on the Add 10 Gallons Concrete Podcast: https://share.transistor.fm/s/58bd6f5c
Contact Active Minerals today to learn more: info@activeminerals.com



Day 3

December 6th, 2023

Curb, Paving, and Roller Compacted Concrete: See the picture of that perfect curb below; before Acti-Gel® 208 product was added, that was a 5” slump. With the Acti-Gel 208 addition, the mix slid down the chute easily, flew through the curb machine, and produced a beautiful curb with zero deformations or sagging. Our customers have reported that the Acti-Gel® curb mixes resulted in quicker truck turnarounds and paving speeds.

Acti-Gel® product also works excellently in RCC. Acti-Gel® performance allows for increased moisture in RCC, dramatically enhancing the paste quality, improving compaction, and closing voids.”

Check out our website for more details: https://www.activeminerals.com
Check out the history of Acti-Gel 208 on the Add 10 Gallons Concrete Podcast: https://share.transistor.fm/s/58bd6f5c
Contact Active Minerals today to learn more: info@activeminerals.com


Day 4:

December 7th, 2023

Shotcrete: Acti-Gel® additives are MADE FOR SHOTCRETE! Shotcrete has been one of our most successful applications both domestically and internationally.

Whether it’s civil shotcrete projects, underground or mining, the everyday residential pool, or even dry-mix gunite, Acti-Gel® products continue to excel in the shotcrete world by reducing rebound, silica fume, and accelerators and improving adhesion, cohesion, and compaction.

Check out our website for more details: https://www.activeminerals.com
Check out the history of Acti-Gel 208 on the Add 10 Gallons Concrete Podcast: https://share.transistor.fm/s/58bd6f5c
Contact Active Minerals today to learn more: info@activeminerals.com


Day 5: December 8th, 2023

Self-Consolidating Concrete: Self-Consolidating Concrete (SCC) is a perfect application for Acti-Gel® additives.  Acti-Gel® acts as a replacement for conventional viscosity-modifying admixtures and performs even better at reducing pump and formwork pressures.

Take a look at the pics below. The spread on the left has significant bleed water issues that would result in a segregated mix in the field.

Now look at the right pic. Zero bleeding with no mortar halo. A perfectly homogeneous mix with robust paste that bonds excellently with the aggregate.

 Check out our website for more details: https://www.activeminerals.com
Check out the history of Acti-Gel 208 on the Add 10 Gallons Concrete Podcast: https://share.transistor.fm/s/58bd6f5c
Contact Active Minerals today to learn more: info@activeminerals.com


Day 6: December 11th, 2023

Volumetric concrete seems to be more popular year after year. Acti-Gel® product additions provides the same benefits in volumetric concrete as ready-mix, like pumpability, finishability, increased manufactured sand, and more. Volumetric customers report a more stable mix with Acti-Gel® additive even while fresh out of the auger.

Volumetric shotcrete greatly benefits from Acti-Gel® product by increasing cohesion and pumpability and reducing rebound.

Check out our website for more details: https://www.activeminerals.com
Check out the history of Acti-Gel 208 on the Add 10 Gallons Concrete Podcast: https://share.transistor.fm/s/58bd6f5c
Contact Active Minerals today to learn more: info@activeminerals.com


Day 7: December 12th, 2023

Lightweight Concrete: Acti-Gel® product was dosed in the lightweight concrete used to construct the Cornhusker football stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

Poorly conditioned lightweight aggregate can wreak havoc on a concrete pump. The Cornhuskers needed a mix that could pump at a lower slump with subpar lightweight aggregate.

With Acti-Gel® product addition, slump losses were minimal, and placement was effortless. The contractor elected not to use a finishing aid due to the ease of finishing. The usual bleeding was not present, and the contractor could finish the floor quicker than in previous lightweight projects with which he had experience. This good result has been duplicated many times with various contractors.

 

Check out our website for more details: https://www.activeminerals.com
Check out the history of Acti-Gel 208 on the Add 10 Gallons Concrete Podcast: https://share.transistor.fm/s/58bd6f5c
Contact Active Minerals today to learn more: info@activeminerals.com


Day 8: December 13th, 2023

Mine Backfill: You’ve seen seven days of concrete applications, and today, we will expand the use cases to include improving mine backfill. Cemented hydraulic backfill can be difficult to gravity feed through miles-long piping systems to the underground deposit area. Oftentimes, additional cement is used as a carrier fluid to improve the stability and flow of the backfill. Acti-Gel® additions help suspend the coarse particles in the mix and creates a lubrication layer along the pipe wall to ease flow through the line. The improved flow reduces the need for additional cement. Our customer Vale-Base-Metals operates as a role model for the mining industry by utilizing the Acti-Gel additive to reduce their carbon footprint, improve their operation, and lead through action.

This white paper details Vale’s experience with Acti-Gel additives. https://activeminerals.com/blog/feasibility-of-acti-gel-as-a-cost-effective-additive-for-underground-mine-hydraulic-backfill-applications/

 Check out our website for more details: https://www.activeminerals.com
Check out the history of Acti-Gel 208 on the Add 10 Gallons Concrete Podcast: https://share.transistor.fm/s/58bd6f5c
Contact Active Minerals today to learn more: info@activeminerals.com


Day 9: December 14th, 2023

Pool plaster: Acti-Gel® product additions are used to increase the lifetime of pool plaster and allow for easy plaster repairs. Acti-Gel® particles have a unique lattice architecture that reduces settling and sagging yet allows flow without retarding or accelerating the cure time.

Acti-Gel® additive improves & extends workability, improves vertical surface cling & reduces sag, efflorescence, mottling & scaling, and provides uniform curing & color consistency.

Acti-Gel® product also improves pebble finish by reducing washouts, allowing for a more effortless acid wash, reducing check cracking, improving pumping & reducing lock-ups. And clean up is a breeze!”

Check out our website for more details: https://www.activeminerals.com
Check out the history of Acti-Gel 208 on the Add 10 Gallons Concrete Podcast: https://share.transistor.fm/s/58bd6f5c
Contact Active Minerals today to learn more: info@activeminerals.com


Day 10: December 15th, 2023

Hollowcore: This is one of the more unique applications that use Acti-Gel® additives.

Hollowcore is like paving with a dry cast block mix.  As we’ve already seen, Acti-Gel® additions have excelled in block and paving, so hollowcore is another win.

Using Acti-Gel® product allows for more moisture in the mix, improving compaction and hydrating more cement for better strength.  The added moisture also enables an increase in machine speed and productivity.

The porduct’s ability to densify and add robustness to the cement paste results in a better bond between the concrete and prestressed cables throughout the slab.  Reduction in strand retraction is typical.

Check out our website for more details: https://www.activeminerals.com
Check out the history of Acti-Gel 208 on the Add 10 Gallons Concrete Podcast: https://share.transistor.fm/s/58bd6f5c
Contact Active Minerals today to learn more: info@activeminerals.com


Day 11: December 18th, 2023

Fiber Cement Board: Fiber cement board is another everyday product that benefits from Acti-Gel® product in the formulation. Many applications use fiber cement boards from flooring to siding on houses.

Some advantages to using Acti-Gel® additive in fiber cement boards are higher strengths, increased layer cohesion, reduction or elimination of flocculant, and reduced segregation.

Check out our website for more details: https://www.activeminerals.com
Check out the history of Acti-Gel 208 on the Add 10 Gallons Concrete Podcast: https://share.transistor.fm/s/58bd6f5c
Contact Active Minerals today to learn more: info@activeminerals.com

Man installing fibrous cement siding using siding gauges

Day 12: December 19th, 2023

3D Concrete: If you love the intersection of technology and concrete, then you will love the advancements in 3D concrete printing in 2023. The use of Acti-Gel® 208 additives in 3D concrete printing is one of the greatest advancements in in the burgeoning market. Whether you aim to build bridges, planters, houses, or high-rises, the inclusion of Acti-Gel product in your mix design may be essential.

 

Acti-Gel® 208 additives impart thixotropy onto the 3D Concrete Mix to allow smooth pumping, easy extrusion, and high green-strength for an effortless build. Quality is the name of the game in 3D construction, and there’s no higher-quality additive than Acti-Gel.

 

Check out our website for more details: https://www.activeminerals.com
Check out the history of Acti-Gel 208 on the Add 10 Gallons Concrete Podcast: https://share.transistor.fm/s/58bd6f5c
Contact Active Minerals today to learn more: info@activeminerals.com

3d printing single-family house with concrete. New technology house building using a modern CNC machine
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