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Conplast PA21

formerly known as Conplast AE21 constructive solutions

Air entraining and water reducing admixture

Technical support
Fosroc provides a technical advisory service for on-site
 To produce air entrained concrete for increased
assistance and advice on mix design, admixture selection,
durability and resistance to damage by frost and de-
evaluation trials and dispensing equipment. Technical data
icing salts. Typical applications include concrete roads
and guidance can be provided for admixtures and other
and bridge decks, airport runways and taxiways and
products for use with fresh and hardened concrete.
other extensive areas of concrete exposed to potential
frost damage.
 To improve cohesion and workability of concrete mixes
where poorly graded aggregates must be used and The optimum dosage of Conplast PA21 to meet specific
bleeding, segregation or sand runs occur. requirement must always be determined by trials using the
materials and conditions that will be experienced in use.
 To reduce permeability of lean concrete mixes. The normal dosage range is 0.25 to 0.60 litre per 100 kg of
cementitious material, including PFA, GGBFS and micro-
 To improve stability and cohesion in extruded concrete. silica.

Use at other dosages

Dosages outside the normal range quoted above can be
 Air entrainment increases the resistance of concrete to used if necessary and to meet particular mix requirements,
attack by frost and de-icing salts, reducing problems of provided that adequate supervision is available.
surface scaling and concrete failure. Compliance with requirements must be assessed through
trial mixes. Contact Fosroc for advice in these cases.
 Entrained air bubbles assist in the formation of a stable
cohesive mix, reducing segregation and bleeding.
 Air entrainment improves workability and helps produce
a dense, uniform, close textured surface free from Appearance: Brown liquid
gravel nests and sand runs, further enhancing Specific gravity: Typically 1.175 at 20 C
durability. Chloride content: Nil to BS5075
Alkali content: Typically less than 5.0 g. Na 2 O
 Water reduction allows concrete to be produced with equivalent per litre of admixture.
reduced permeability and increased strength compared A fact sheet on this subject is
to that obtained with air entrainment alone. available.

Standards compliance Instructions for use

Conplast PA21 complies with ASTM C260 and C494 Type Checking and control
A, and with the uniformity and air entrainment requirements
of BS5075 Part 2. Once a suitable dosage has been selected, particular care
should be taken to ensure consistency of materials used
Conplast PA21 complies with the requirements of the United and mixing and delivery procedures. Variability in the
Kingdom Water Fittings Byelaws Scheme and is listed in the cleanliness and grading of the aggregates may have
Directory of Materials as suitable for use in contact with differing effects on the plasticising and air entraining
potable water under its previous name, Conplast AE21. properties of the admixture. Air content should be checked
regularly by such means as the pressure method described
Description in BS1881 and ASTM C231.

Factors affecting air entrainment

Conplast PA21 is a chloride free air entraining admixture
based on selected sugar reduced lignosulphonates and A number of factors can affect the air entrainment obtained
compatible surface active agents. It is supplied as a brown for a particular dosage of air entraining admixture, some of
solution which instantly disperses in water. which are listed below. The examples given of changes that
these factors may make to a concrete mix should be taken
The surface active agents in Conplast PA21 act at the as guidelines only and the actual effects in any particular
interface between the mixing water and cement/aggregate situation confirmed in trials.
particles to produce microscopic air bubbles, which are
evenly distributed throughout the concrete.

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a) Sands of apparently the same grading may have Effects of overdosing

significantly different effects on the level of air
entrainment, depending on factors such as silt An overdose of double the amount of Conplast PA21 will
content, particle size distribution and particle shape. result in a significant increase in air entrainment, which will
Where changes in sand source or content must be tend to reduce strength. The degree of this effect will
made, or where sand varies within the same source, a depend on the particular mix design and overdose level.
careful check must be made on the effects on air
entrainment. An increased plasticising effect will also be obtained,
together with an increase in setting time.
b) Increased cement fineness will tend to increase air
entrainment. Increased cement content will tend to
decrease air content. Changes in cement source and Limitations
type may also lead to changes in the admixture
dosage required to obtain a particular air content. Conplast PA21 is designed to give both water reduction and
air-entraining properties, changing dosage will change both
c) The presence of carbon or organic impurities may at the same time. In situations such as where highly
reduce the effectiveness of an air entrainer and variable aggregates are used and independent control of the
require an increased dosage. This will not usually be water reducing and air entraining properties is required then
a problem but care may be required when using PFA, the use of a combination of admixtures is recommended.
certain pigments or lignite bearing sands. Contact Fosroc Technical Service Department for further
d) Increased concrete temperature will tend to reduce air
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entrainment. Typically a rise from 10 C to 32 C may
Estimating - Packaging
halve the level of air. In normal mixing conditions daily
fluctuations will not give significant variations.
Conplast PA21 is available in drum or bulk supply. For
e) Variations of mixer type and transit time may change larger users, storage tanks can be supplied.
the level of air entrainment. Small losses may occur
during pumping. These will generally be consistent for Storage
a given set of conditions. High air contents may
significantly reduce pump efficiency over long pump Conplast PA21 has s minimum shelf life of 12 months
distances. o
provided the temperature is kept within the range of 2 C to
50 C. Should the temperature of the product fall outside
f) Normal compacting procedures will not affect air this range then the Fosroc Technical Service Department
entrainment. Prolonged vibration should be avoided. should be contacted for advice.
g) Increased dosages may be required at low workability o
Freezing point: Approximately –2 C.
levels to achieve the required air content.

Compatibility Precautions

Conplast PA21 is compatible with other Fosroc admixtures Health and safety
used in the same concrete mix. All admixtures should be
added to the concrete separately and must not be mixed Conplast PA21 does not fall into the hazard classifications
together prior to addition. The resultant properties of of current regulations (see notes 1 and 2 below). However,
concrete containing more than one admixture should be it should not be swallowed or allowed to come into contact
assessed by trial mixes. with skin and eyes.

Conplast PA21 is suitable for use with all types of ordinary Suitable protective gloves and goggles should be worn.
Portland cement. Contact Fosroc Technical Service Splashes on the skin should be removed with water. In
Department for advice on use with special cements and case of contact with eyes rinse immediately with plenty of
blends containing cement replacement materials. water and seek medical advice. If swallowed seek medical
attention immediately – Do not induce vomiting.
For further information consult the Material Safety Data
The correct quantity of Conplast PA21 should be measured Sheet available for this product.
by means of a recommended dispenser. The admixture
should then be added to the concrete with the mixing water Fire
to obtain the best results.
Conplast PA21 is water based and non-flammable.
Contact the Fosroc Technical Service Department for advice
regarding suitable dispensing equipment and its installation.

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Cleaning and Disposal

Spillages of Conplast PA21 should be absorbed onto sand,

earth or vermiculite and transferred to suitable containers.
Remnants should be hosed down with large quantities of

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.

Additional information

Conplast PA21 was previously known as Conplast AE21.

Note 1: CPL regulations 1984 Supply Schedule 1.

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

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

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