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Conplast P509*

Water reducing admixture

Dosage

Uses
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To improve the effectiveness of the water content of a


concrete mix.
At higher dosages to provide a cost effective means of
reducing concrete permeability and thereby reducing
water penetration.

Advantages
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Particularly effective in improving compressive


strength of mixes containing PFA and GGBFS.
Water reduction significantly improves compressive
strengths at all ages and increases durability.
Allows workability to be increased without adding
extra water.
Allows specified strength grades to be met at reduced
cement content or increased workability.
Chloride free, safe for use in prestressed and
reinforced concrete.

The optimum dosage of Conplast P509 to meet specific


requirements should always be determined by trials using
the materials and conditions that will be experienced in use.
The normal dosage range is 0.2 to 0.6 litres/100 kg of
cementitious material, including PFA, GGBFS and
microsilica.
Use at other dosages
Dosages outside the normal range quoted above can be
used to meet particular mix requirements. Contact Fosroc
for advice in these cases.

Properties
Appearance:
Specific gravity:
Chloride content:
Air entrainment:

Alkali content:
Standards compliance
Conplast P509 complies with BS 5075 Part 1 and with
ASTM C494 as Type A and Type D, depending on dosage
used.
Conplast P509 complies with the requirements of the
United Kingdom Water Fittings Byelaws Scheme and is
listed in the Directory of Materials as suitable for use in
contact with potable water.
Description
Conplast P509 is a chloride free water-reducing admixture
based on a blend of selected lignosulphonate and
hydrolysed carbohydrate materials. It is supplied as a
brown solution, which instantly disperses in water.
Conplast P509 disperses the fine particles in the concrete
mix, enabling the water content of the concrete to perform
more effectively and improving the consistency of the
concrete. This produces higher levels of workability for the
same water content, allowing benefits such as water
reduction and increased strengths to be taken.
Technical support
Fosroc provides a technical advisory service for on-site
assistance and advice on mix design admixture selection,
evaluation trials and dispensing equipment.

Brown liquid
Typically 1.230 at 2oC
Nil to BS 5075
Typically less than 2% additional
air is entrained at normal
dosages.
Typically less than 4.0 g. Na2O
equivalent/liter of admixture. A
fact sheet on this subject is
available.

Instructions for use


Compatibility
Conplast P509 is compatible with other Fosroc admixtures
in the same concrete mix. All admixtures should be added
to the concrete separately and must not be mixed together
prior to addition. The performance of concrete containing
more than one admixture should be assessed by trial mixes
Conplast P509 is suitable for use with all types of ordinary
Portland cements and cement replacement materials such
as PFA, GGBFS and microsilica.
Effects on stiffening and set
Most water reducing admixtures produce some delay in the
stiffening of concrete, although the degree may vary.
Retardation is affected by factors other than the admixture,
depending on the mix details and conditions involved. Trials

to assess the effects in a particular mix are strongly


recommended if this aspect is of particular importance.

Estimating - packaging

Major factors which may lead to an increase in retardation


include the following:

Conplast P509 is available in drum or bulk supply. For larger


users, storage tanks can be supplied.

a)
Cement replacement materials will usually give
greater levels of retardation than concrete mixes made
with ordinary Portland cement at the same admixture
dosage.
b)
Low temperatures will give higher levels of
retardation for the same admixture dosage. This is
particularly noticeable if cement replacement materials are
used.

Storage
Conplast P509 has a minimum shelf life of 12 months provided
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the temperature is kept within the range of 2 C to 50 C. Should
the temperature of the product fall outside this range then the
Fosroc Technical Service Department should be contacted for
advice.
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Freezing point: Approximately -4 C

c)
Increased cement contents, which lead to higher
total levels of admixture in a cubic meter of concrete, may
lead to increased retardation being obtained.

Precautions

d)
Changes in cement source or chemistry may lead to
variations in the retardation obtained. The amount of tricalcium aluminate in the cement has been identified as
being one of the main contributory factors in this respect,
with a lower level leading to greater retardation.

Conplast P509 does not fall into the hazard classifications of


current regulations (see notes 1 and 2 below). However, it
should not be swallowed or allowed to come into contact with
skin and eyes.

Increased retardation will be obtained at higher dosage. As a


guideline, dosages of 0.31 litres/100 kg and above are likely
to be in the retarding category.
Dispensing

Health and safety

Suitable protective gloves and goggles should be worn.


Splashes on the skin should be removed with water. In case of
contact with eyes rinse immediately with plenty of water and
seek medical advice. If swallowed seek medical attention
immediately - do not induce vomiting.

The correct quantity of Conplast P509 should be measured by


means of a recommended dispenser. The admixture should
then be added to the concrete with the mixing water to obtain
the best results. Contact Fosroc for advice regarding suitable
equipment and its installation.

For further information consult the Material Safety Data Sheet


available for this product.

Effects of overdosing

Conplast P509 is water based and non-flammable.

An overdose of double the amount of Conplast P509 will


result in significant retardation. Provided that adequate curing
is maintained, the ultimate strength of the concrete will not be
impaired by increased retardation and will generally be
increased. The effects of overdosing will be further increased
if sulphate resisting cement or cement replacement materials
are used.

Cleaning and disposal

Overdosage may also cause increased air entrainment, which


will tend to reduce strength. The degree of this effect will
depend on the particular mix design and overdose level.

Fire

Spillages of Conplast P509 should be absorbed onto sand,


earth or vermiculite and transferred to suitable containers.
Remnants should be hosed down with large quantities of water.
The disposal of excess or waste material should be carried out
in accordance with local legislation under the guidance of the
local waste regulatory authority.
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Note 1: CPL Regulations 1984 Supply-Schedule 1


Note 2: HSE publication Guidance Note EH40
See separate data sheet

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