It is not uncommon for industrial cement to contain higher ratios of gypsum than the cement used in more traditional concrete mixes. This characteristic means that industrial concrete mixes will also have a higher rate of false set. That’s why Fritz-Pak’s offers our powerful admixture, Gypsum Retarder in industrial-sized packaging. This unique admixture helps prevent premature stiffening due to a high degree of gypsum.
False set occurs when the gypsum in the cement mixes with water to form plaster of paris. The plaster dries very quickly, causing the cement to stiffen. This makes the concrete very difficult to work with and interferes with the hydration process. So, while the concrete appears hard it is not very strong. Adding Gypsum Retarder to the mix neutralizes the gypsum to prevent the formation of plaster of paris, and thereby prevent the false set of the concrete.
Fritz-Pak’s Gypsum Retarder works great in Portland cement and Calcium Aluminate cement. The product contains a synthetic amino acid that does not produce any sort of strong odor. Since this admixture is primarily intended for industrial use, it does not come packaged in our signature water-soluble bags. Instead, we package Gypsum Retarder in 44-pound bags. This makes it easier to use for those large mixes.
If you need technical assistance regarding Gypsum Retarder, or if you would like to place an order for this product, give us a call at (214) 221-9494. Unfortunately, due to the type of packaging we have for this admixture, it is not available for purchase through the website store. Don’t forget to follow our social media pages for more information about how our products can improve your concrete.
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