The reliability of concrete infrastructure is vital to ensuring daily life, as well as commerce, can progress without interruption. From the pavement of interstate highways to the driveways and sidewalks in a local neighborhood, concrete is expensive to install and often even more expensive, and intrusive, when it needs to be replaced. Unfortunately, to maintain functionality in winter climates concrete is heavily exposed to deicing salts. This not only affects the roads, driveways, and sidewalks where salt is applied directly, but many other areas such as parking and residential garages where vehicles (and people) will track salt along with water or melting snow that transports dissolved salt into the concrete.
Fluid iSoylator™ is a hydrophobic sealant that is sprayed onto the concrete’s surface and is absorbed into the pores, creating a barrier to block water and salt. Since this barrier is created within the concrete, it is not susceptible to mechanical abrasion or other damage at the surface like most sealing methods.
Not only does Fluid iSoylator offer a durable, lasting protection, it is very easy to apply, handle, and store. Made from soybean oil, Fluid iSoylator is a USDA Certified Biobased product as part of the USDA Biopreffered® program. Fluid iSoylator contains (93%) USDA certified biobased content. Application is performed with a backpack sprayer in most instances, but can also be done with brush/roller or with a pull behind trailer depending on size and shape of the application area.
Fluid iSoylator remains fluid in the concrete’s pores. This property minimizes the effect of a stress crack in a treated area. With reactive film sealants, a crack (caused by traffic, etc.) creates an entry point for water/salt to pass through the film. With Fluid iSoylator the pores surrounding a crack are still sealed, so the concrete in that area remains protected.
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construction material, remediation, fluid isoylator, concrete, environmental concrete product, biopreffered, purdue, civil, purdue ect, construction technology, emerging construction technology
Date of this Version
Team, Purdue ECT, "Fluid iSolator" (2017). ECT Fact Sheets. Paper 231.
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