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Concrete cooling is a technique that reduces the temperature of poured concrete to a certain level, in order to guarantee the quality of the concrete. Concrete cooling is mainly used for projects in parts of the world with warm climates, where large amounts of concrete are used. When concrete cures, a minimum favorable temperature in the range of 10 – 21 ºC must be maintained in the concrete for the minimum required curing period. If it cures at temperatures above this level the concrete loses strength, more cracking occurs, it rapidly sets and there is an increased water demand. Therefore, the importance of concrete cooling is huge, especially considering the crucial role concrete plays in almost every building process.
A method commonly used for concrete cooling is to replace part of the water added to the mix with flake ice. The transition from flake ice to water absorbs a lot of energy and therefore lowers the temperature of the mix significantly.
Using flake ice has a much bigger impact on the temperature of the concrete mix, compared to using cold water, due to the large amount of heat that is needed to melt the ice. To cool down 1 m³ of concrete by 1°C, about 33kg of cold water is necessary, while only 7.5kg of flake ice has the same effect.
To use this method, an ice plant is built near the construction site. An ice factory consists at least of a flake ice machine (i.e. Recom CF900-ET) and an ice storage. Often transport, weighing and dosing systems are also in place. The complete factory only takes limited space, because the production and storage units are placed on top of each other.
The concrete industry makes use of Recom Ice factories. The quality of concrete for mega structures benefits from the use flake ice. The flake ice will help prevent excess temperature rise after the mixing process which can result in premature hardening of the concrete.
Large amounts of sub cooled dry flake ice are added to the concrete mixture. The large amount of thermal energy storage in the sub cooled flake ice dampens the temperature rise as a result of which, the time between mixing and pouring may be increased, thus offering more flexibility to overcome situations of long distance or high ambient temperatures.
Recom Ice Systems will help you co-engineer the complete ice factory. We offer:
• One or more ice plants up to 90 tons per 24 hours each
• The ice storage up to a capacity of 200 tons
• Ice transport systems with capacities up to 30 tons per hour
• Ice weighing systems to accomodate the batching process
• Water chiller to pre-chill the filtered river water, also for direct mixer use
• Day tanks
• Supervision and commissioning
• Siemens PLC-controlled with real time monitoring
• PLC is connected with batching plant control room
Over the last couple of years the concrete industry has seen an huge increase in the production of mobile batching plants, over the static plants. Tighter project deadlines created the need for a more efficient and faster work flow.
Recom Ice Systems recognized this trend and developed a ‘plug and play’ mobile concrete cooling flake ice plant, built in a 40ft container. It’s easily transportable, as it can be mounted on a truck. This construction enables an easy & fast installing and dismantling.
It allows the operator to produce exactly what he wants, in the quantity he wants and most importantly where he wants. Please feel free to contact us for more information.
Recom CW-Series water chillers are a ‘must-have’ for concrete cooling plants, especially for plants with flake ice machines, due to high ambient temperatures. Even in situations where flake ice machines are not necessary, water chillers can be very important for reducing the concrete mix temperature.
Recom’s water chillers are designed and built specifically for batching and flake ice plants in extreme circumstances, such as deserts and locations with ambient temperatures above 45 degrees Celsius.
Recom 3-stage fresh water chillers are equipped with shell and tube evaporators for the first and second stage and with a coil pipe evaporator for the third stage. The evaporative condenser is made of a hot-dipped galvanized coil and is mounted upon the chiller container.
Our small water chillers have a daily cold water production of 180 m³ from maximum 45 °C to 1°C and are built in a 20 container. These chillers are suitable for an estimated daily concrete production between 200 m³ and 1400 m³.
Our large water chillers have a daily cold water production of 450 m³ from maximum 45 °C to 1°C and are built in a 40ft container. These chillers are suitable for an estimated daily concrete production between 1400 m³ and 2800 m³.
Additionally, Recom Ice Systems can supply a 20ft or 40ft insulated container, which will be used as a water tank with the necessary pumps and components.