Last edited 09 Jul 2021

Admixtures in concrete

An admixture is a substance which can be added to concrete to achieve or modify its properties. Admixtures are added to the concrete, in addition to cement, water and aggregate, typically immediately before or during the mixing process.

Admixtures can be used to reduce the cost of building with concrete, or to ensure certain required properties or quality of the cured concrete. If problems arise with the concrete during the construction process, admixtures can be used as an emergency measure to try and prevent failure. In addition, some of the main functions of using admixtures include:

Admixtures are usually provided in a liquid form. Some admixtures, such as pigments, pumping aids and expansive agents, are typically added manually from pre-measured containers as the amount used is very small.

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