What is InfraCrete®?
InfraCrete® is a mineral additive for cement. It transforms existing soil into highly durable, long-lived base and anti-freeze courses.
Base courses created with InfraCrete® are resistant to frost, salt and acid. They can be constructed with or without an additional wearing course (asphalt, chipseal, and cobblestone).
They are suitable for road and industrial construction and ready for use after a hardening time of only 12 hours.More information
How does InfraCrete® work?
InfraCrete® accelerates the process of cement hydration. It counteracts the organic humic acids of the soil and prevents damaging sulfate attack and the alkali-silica reaction (“concrete cancer”).
By initiating structural transformations and the new formation of minerals, it has a positive effect on the compressive strength, tensile bending strength, modulus of elasticity and freeze-thaw of the material durability while decreasing the permeability of the base course.More information
The additive for efficient, resource-friendly construction measures
Regular construction methods require the excavation, transport and disposal of the existing soil material and the subsequent filling of the excavation pit with additionally supplied filler materials. With InfraCrete®, you need none of the above.
Instead, InfraCrete® allows you to utilise the ground material that is already in place or use the existing, old base and wearing courses. It efficiently transforms these materials into a durable, highly resistant base and anti-freeze courses.
Highest stability for the highest requirements
Base and anti-freeze courses created with InfraCrete® are more stable than those produced by standard processes. At the same time, the InfraCrete® technology for soil stabilisation and HBL constitutes a nationally and internationally widespread procedure that complies with generally accepted rules of construction technology.
Of course, base and anti-freeze courses built with InfraCrete® comply with all requirements for use in water conservation areas.
Quicker hardening, shorter waiting times
The addition of InfraCrete® accelerates the hydration process. Not only does this increase the early strength of the newly constructed base course, it also lowers the hardening time considerably: the base course can be used after only 12 hours.
InfraCrete® also considerably increases the strength of the material during the 28-day hydration process.
Reduction of shrinkage cracks, increase in frost-resistance
The product achieves a 70% increase in the tensile bending strength during the early hydration phase, which distinctly reduces the risk of shrinkage cracks.
As a direct result, the water absorption of the base courses decreases and they become significantly more resistant to frost and thawing.
What are the advantages of InfraCrete®?
Less total costs of ownership, shorter construction time, impressive green footprint.
InfraCrete® is economically efficient and ecologically exemplary. InfraCrete® allows you to build and renovate bases courses in a modern, sustainable way. With InfraCrete® you can produce high-quality base courses with a long service life and low maintenance requirements without breaking your budget, while leaving a significant green footprint at the same time.
- no excavation, no disposal, no filler materials
- shorter construction time
- longer service life
- less maintenance and repair requirements
- Cost savings: Ø more than 30 percent
- less work steps
- shorter construction time
- faster commissioning
- less impact on traffic flow
- Time savings: Ø more than 40 percent
- 1.5 kg less CO2 emission per sqm
- 445 mg less NOx emissions per sqm
- use of existing resources
- immobilization of environmental toxins
- significant green footprint
The resource-saving use of the locally available material, which is converted into a long-lasting, load-bearing and frost-proof base course, eliminates the need for significant cost factors in comparison to conventional construction methods. Much shorter construction times make a contribution to further cost savings. Due to their specific properties, base courses created with InfraCrete® are characterized by a particularly low sensibility to (frost) damage, which results in comparatively low maintenance and repair requirements. The total costs over the calculated lifetime is significantly lower than in the case of conventionally built base courses, on average more than 30 percent.
By eliminating numerous work steps in comparison to conventional construction methods, the innovative InfraCrete® base courses enable noticeably shorter construction times. The base courses can be further processed after only 12 hours, for example by applying a wearing course, or their intended use. Especially in the field of road construction, this leads to significantly shorter interventions in the flow of traffic.
The InfraCrete® base courses leave a significant green footprint in contrast to conventional construction methods. By using the material already available on site, there is no need to provide valuable resources in the form of fresh building materials. Thus, interference with the environment is minimized. Noticeably less CO2 (~ 1.5 kg per sqm of constructed base course) and NOx (~ 445 mg per sqm of constructed base course) are emitted into the environment by construction machinery and trucks during the construction work through significantly shorter construction times and the elimination of numerous work steps: no excavation, no disposal and no filler materials. Any environmental toxins present in the existing soil material, for example heavy metals or PAHs, are permanently and reliably immobilized by encapsulation in the base course so that they can no longer endanger the environment.
Where can I use InfraCrete®?
As a universal binder system, InfraCrete® is a cost-efficient and sustainable solution for many construction tasks involving the construction of highly durable base and anti-freeze courses.
For what projects can I use InfraCrete®?
InfraCrete® benefits all projects that require a durable foundation. This includes road construction, industrial, commercial, logistical and real estate projects. The product is equally well-suited for new constructions and restoration projects. Even temporary construction measures (construction site access roads, heavy-duty surfaces, surfaces for mobile cranes, etc.) can be built extremely cost-efficiently, as InfraCrete® base courses are fully recyclable.
With what soil types can I use InfraCrete®?
All coarse-grained, mixed-grained and fine-grained soil types, including organogenic soils, can be transformed into highly stable base and anti-freeze courses with InfraCrete®. The only type of soil unsuitable for base courses is organic peat. For restoration projects, you can reuse all materials in the existing base and wearing courses (including asphalt and cobblestone) to save resources.
Spotlight on: restoration projects
Road restoration: economical, fast, durable!
With InfraCrete®, you can save resources, time and money for your road restoration projects. Simply reuse almost all of the existing road material.
Mill and homogenise the old road surface and the upper wearing course. Now, combine the road material with InfraCrete® and Portland cement. This process also permanently immobilises contaminants, such as PAH and heavy metals, in the subsoil – so you do not have to spend large sums on their disposal.
How much can I save with InfraCrete®?
Calculate the savings potential for your personal project.Construction of a quality base course incl. preparation work, engineering services and finishing, excl. wearing course, average prices for Germany, no liability assumed.
m2 (square meters)
756,000 EURCost estimate (conventional) plus disposal costs for excavated material
574,000 EURCost estimate (with InfraCrete®)
32 %Potential savings (construction costs) plus additional savings through less maintenance
Did you know?
InfraCrete® has been in use in nearly all geological and climate conditions all over the world for a long time. Small, owner-managed construction and engineering companies rely on the InfraCrete® technology just as much as renowned corporations and public bodies.
> 20 yearsMarket presence
Ø 35 %Cost savings
97 %Customer satisfaction
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