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    Preventing Cracks in Concrete

    Why do cracks develop in concrete?

    Cracking of concrete may be due to plastic shrinkage and plastic settlement of concrete in the unhardened state. Drying shrinkage or other environmental factors can cause cracking in hardened concrete. Cracking in concrete affects:
    • Water tightness
    • Durability
    • Look of the finished concrete

    Using the right admixtures (or a synergistic combination) to prevent or reduce the affects of cracking will extend the service life of the concrete and lead to better performance. Using the filters below you can identify a type of crack, and gain a better understanding of solutions based on crack type.

    Types of cracks and their causes:

    Solutions for Preventing Cracks & Shrinkage in Concrete

    Choose one

    Air-Entraining Admixtures

    Corrosion Inhibitors


    Monofilament Microfibers

    Shrinkage & Crack Reducers

    Water Reducers, High-Range

    Set Time Accelerating Admixtures

    MasterKure ER 50

    Water reducer | Reduces permeability | Moisture and chlorides cannot penetrate as easily

    MasterLife ASR 30

    Proven chemistry for mitigating ASR | Ready-to-use liquid admixture | Does not require low-alkali cement | Extended service life of concrete structures

    MasterLife CI 222

    A passive-active corrosion-inhibiting admixture | Forms a protective layer at the steel surface | Reduces chloride ion ingress

    MasterLife SF 100

    A passive corrosion-inhibiting admixture | Reduces chloride ingress | Reduces concrete conductivity
    Preventing Cracks in Concrete

    Related Literature

    Technical Bulletin: Shrinkage and Crack Reducing Admixture MasterLife CRA 007

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