Friday, August 22, 2008

Precautions during hot-weather concreting

Precautions for hot-weather concreting should be planned when the temperature is expected to reach 30 to 35°C or more. These precautions may have one or more of the following applications:

  • cooling of concrete ingredients
  • dampening of formwork, reinforcement and subbase
  • erection of wind breaks and sunshades to protect exposed concrete surfaces
  • cooling of containers, pipelines, chutes, etc during transportation of concrete
  • completion of transporting, placing and finishing of concrete as quickly as possible
  • use of set-retarding admixtures to control premature stiffening of the fresh mix
  • use of some chemicals on the exposed surface of concrete to limit evaporation
  • immediatly start curing after final finishing is complete
  • moist curing to control concrete temperature
  • restricting the placement of concrete during night time when the temperatures are generally lower.