Majorly classified as lightweight concrete, aerated concrete is cement or a lime mortar. In this concrete aerating agent is used to create air-voids in mortar. As the name suggests, this concrete is extremely light weight, which is its best feature. This brings down the overall construction cost of the building. Users also prefer to use this type of concrete due to its high degree of thermal insulation and economic use of material, which is the result of porous structure of the concrete.
This concrete has gained immense popularity in India and among the constructors looking for high quality, lightweight and affordable construction material. Light weight concrete is available in different varieties with wide range of densities to suit different structures. These can be effectively used for different applications including partitions, insulation and the whole structure.
Lightweight or aerated concrete was initially introduced as an insulation material, which later was found suitable for structures also due to its lightweight, savings of material and large scale utilization of waste material. Based on the pore-formation, this concrete can be primarily categorized in two groups including:
Foamed concrete: This is the most preferred choices among the builders looking for economical and controllable concrete options. It has easy pore-forming process. It does not include any chemical reaction and the desired density of pores is done through mechanical process. It includes two process including pre-formed foaming and mix foaming. In the former process concrete mixing water and foaming agent are mixed together and foam is produced through air compressor. On the other hand mix foaming process just includes mixing of foaming agent with the mortar mix. You get option of multiple foaming agents including resin soap, detergent etc.
Gas concrete: As the name suggests, gas concrete includes use of gas forming chemicals for production of light weight concrete material. Lime or cement mortar are mixed into the chemical during the liquid stage, which creates an increased volume and converts into a porous structure when the air escapes. Hydrogen, oxygen and acetylene gases are released by aluminum powder, hydrogen and peroxide respectively.
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