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Acrylic Emulsions for waterproofing
WATERPROOFING
Rana Imran
April 29, 2019
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What is an Acrylic Polymer Emulsion?
When working with water based acrylic polymers, you will surely come across acrylic polymer emulsions. To better understand what exactly an acrylic polymer emulsion is, we should first look at what emulsions are.

What is an Emulsion?
The word “emulsion” is derived from the Latin word meaning “to milk”, as milk is technically an emulsion of fat and water. Emulsions are a mixture of two or more liquids that aren’t normally mixable. Within an emulsion, one liquid, known as the dispersed phase, is dispersed within the other, known as the continuous phase. The two liquids can form different types of emulsions, as in oil-in-water or water-in oil. Some easily identifiable examples of emulsions are vinaigrettes, mayonnaise, and homogenized milk. Emulsions usually do not exhibit a static structure, as they are liquids.

Defining a Polymer
Next, we need to take a look at polymers. A polymer is defined as a large molecule composed of many repeating subunits. Both natural and synthetic polymers are an essential part of everyday life. From familiar synthetic plastics, like polystyrene, to natural biopolymers such as DNA and the proteins that are fundamental building blocks of all biological life on earth. When working with water based acrylic polymers, polymer coatings, and acrylic polymer emulsions, we find ourselves on the synthetic side of the polymer world.

…and Acrylics?
This brings us to acrylics. Acrylic resins are a group of thermoplastic substances derived from acrylic acid, methacrylic acid, and other related compounds. More specifically, polymethyl acrylate is an acrylic resin used in its emulsified form for textile finishes, adhesives, lacquer, and other related products. Acrylic resins offer a huge advantage when used as an ingredient in paint. They are commonly the main ingredient in latex paint (known as “emulsion paint” in the UK). Both interior and exterior paints that have a greater portion of acrylic resin, versus vinyl, provide greater resistance to water, better stain protection, better adhesion, greater resistance to blistering and cracking, and resistance to alkali cleaners. Acrylic resin is considered to be extremely waterproof, making it ideal for application to outdoor appliances and furniture. In its solid form, acrylic resin can last for decades, and will not yellow when exposed to sunlight.

Acrylic polymer emulsions and other water based acrylic polymer products are important tools for the graphic arts and industrial coating industries.

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Acrylic Waterproofing On Silos, Maple Leaf Cement Plant, Line III
WATERPROOFING
Rana Imran
April 28, 2019
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We were once again given a chance to work with Maple Leaf Cement Plant at Line 3. This time we were hired for Acrylic waterproofing of silos. We send our specifications which were accepted by the team of Maple Leaf Cement Plant III.

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We Shifted our material at site to start the job.

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Height was a real challenge for our team

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Material Transportation on top of the roof

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When we reached at site

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Surface Preparation

Removal of Loose material from roof

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Grinding of all the roof

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Application of primer made by MITCHFLEX 2K & MITCHBOND SBR

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Patch repairs

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Fixing of Fiberglass sheet with MITCHFLEX 2K

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After application of MITCHFLEX 2 K

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Application Of HARDOFLEX, in 3 steps / coats

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View of pre-heater from silos

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Special thanks to my site managers

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Waterproofing
General Category WATERPROOFING
Rana Imran
March 15, 2019
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Waterproofing is the process of making an object or structure waterproof or water-resistant, so that it remains relatively unaffected by water or resisting the ingress of water under specified conditions. Such items may be used in wet environments or under water to specified depths.

“Water resistant” and “waterproof” often refer to penetration of water in its liquid state and possibly under pressure, whereas damp proof refers to resistance to humidity or dampness. Permeation of water vapor through a material or structure is reported as a water vapor transmission rate.

All structures require waterproofing – weather to keep water out (Basements), or to keep water in (reservoirs).

Waterproofing a structure is a critical element of its design and construction. Water infiltration and leakage damage a building’s structure and its contents. Because of the damaging effect of water, one must pay particular attention in selecting a quality waterproofing system and applicators to provide proper in place performance.

The most common sources of water leakage are through structural defects such as cracks and void, or through construction and control joints. Below-grade areas are susceptible to fluctuating water tables while horizontal decks are susceptible to pond water.

The best way to avoid the problem is through the proper design and careful selection of the waterproofing system.

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