Replacing aggregate with foam bubbles may seem impossible, but it works. Aquaerix uses them to create a lightweight fill material that is an alternative to traditional weight fills. As a specialty product, it increases drainage and reduces buoyancy. Aerix Industries patented it, and CJGeo installs it. Projects that low unit weights and permeable material are ideal candidates for using Aquaerix.
Using Air as Aggregate
As an alternative to using traditional concrete, aquaerix offers some smart advantages. Open-cell technology lets water flow through it without making it float. Lightweight aggregate or plastic EPS cannot match it for density and strength. Aquaerix has densities of 20-50 pcf with most projects falling in the range of 20-30 pcf. However, some are as low as 16 pcf in place. The compressive strength of 25-200 psi varies by mix. Aquaerix is permeable, and it avoids buoyancy while allowing very low unit weights. Permeability depends on exact density, but it is around 35cm/hr.
Understanding How Foam Bubbles Work
Open-cell technology allows foaming bubbles to merge and form a permeable network. The result is cellular concrete that is lightweight and pervious. The Aerix process produces a matrix of air cells that can create a specified density. Air cell stability marks aquaerix as a superior fill material.
Understanding Lightweight Pervious Concrete
Aquaerix has advantages that conventional concrete cannot equal. It combines a preformed foam with a cement slurry to create an ideal material. For filling voids or replacing unstable soils, it has many uses. In its lightest density, aquaerix is stronger than compacted soil. It does anything that compacted soil can do. As a more stable and reliable fill material, aquaerix does it better.
Choosing a Factory-Certified Contractor
At CJGeo, we are geotechnical contractors. Our training and expertise in the installation of Aquaerix make us a leader in the field. We can pump the product into any hole, void or backfill. Typical uses include underlayment that receives a top layer such as road beds, or sports playing fields. Designers may require a stable base for a parking lot or fill for abandoned tunnels or mine shafts.
Cellular concrete typically costs less than traditional concrete on a cubic yard-to-yard basis. However, it is better to compare it to the cost of flowable fill.
Usually not capable of performing the same job, traditional and cellular concrete both have specific purposes. Both work best in projects that suit them. Aquaerix is a fluid mixture that pumps efficiently. It can reach more than 500 vertical feet and 10,000 feet horizontally. Cellular concrete seeks its own level and usually does not need a traditional finish.
Demand for cellular concrete is increasing as designers learn about its remarkable qualities. We focus on specialty grouting work using polyurethane grouts and cellular concrete. At CJGeo, we have installed thousands of yards of Aquaerix in projects east of the Mississippi. We are meeting the local demand for the useful product as it gains popularity worldwide.
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Kirk Roberts, c: (757) 592-0452 [email protected]