Making its debut at the show was Elemix, an additive that uses an advanced polymer technology to deliver energy-efficient, durable, lightweight concrete.
Making its debut at the show was Elemix, an additive that uses an advanced polymer technology to deliver energy-efficient, durable, lightweight concrete. Comprised of specially formulated polymeric spheres dosed at 1-15 lbs./yd., Elemix distributes uniformly in concrete mixes for structural and nonstructural applications. With a closed-cell, honeycomb-like interior structure, the additive has the ability to absorb energy, thus reducing cracking and improving thermal efficiency. The spheres allow practitioners to customize lower unit weights, while improving physical characteristics of the mix for better placement and temperature control.
Elemix suits ready mixed and manufactured concrete. Syntheon officials cite a range of benefits tied to mix designs and finished structures bearing the additive: smaller columns, thinner slabs and more usable floor space; reduced volume of reinforcing steel and lower foundation costs; lower costs associated with materials, transportation, handling and placement; and, prospective LEED rating points from enhanced R-values and energy savings.
A subsidiary of Nova Chemicals, Monaca, Pa.-based Syntheon focuses on construction technologies and advanced materials fabrication. Assisting in the Elemix rollout is Chris Crouch, a veteran of RMC Industries, Cemex USA, and (Florida’s) Trinity Materials.