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Flake ice machine technology helps concrete construction to achieve fast and effective cooling

With the continuous development of the construction industry, the requirements for the performance of concrete materials are also increasing. In the infrastructure construction such as large hydropower dams, nuclear power stations, high-speed railways and high-rise buildings, the pouring and maintenance of large-volume concrete have become key links in construction. Among them, temperature control is one of the important factors affecting the performance of concrete. As an efficient and convenient refrigeration equipment, flake ice machine has been widely used in building concrete.


May 30, 2024

The importance of concrete cooling

During the concrete mixing process, the release of concrete hydration heat will cause its internal volume to increase. Especially under high-temperature conditions, the heat generated by mixing is higher. In subsequent maintenance or low-temperature environments, the internal volume of concrete will decrease due to thermal expansion and contraction. This process usually causes cracks in the concrete, resulting in instability and fracture. Especially in dam, tunnel or bridge projects, this will be an immeasurable risk. Therefore, controlling the temperature of concrete is of great significance to ensure the quality of the project and the stability of the structure.


 

Advantages of using flake ice machine to cool concrete

1. Significant cooling effect: The ice produced by the flake ice machine has the characteristics of uniform size, regular shape, and large contact surface area, which can quickly absorb and reduce the temperature of concrete. This helps control the hydration heat of concrete and reduce problems such as cracks caused by excessive temperature inside the concrete.

2. Flexible control: By adjusting the amount and speed of the flake ice machine, the cooling range and speed of concrete can be flexibly controlled. This helps avoid the problem of excessive temperature difference between the inside and outside of the concrete caused by excessive cooling.

3. Reduce energy consumption: Compared with traditional cooling methods, flake ice machine cooling does not require a lot of resources, so it can reduce energy consumption and costs.

4. Simple operation: Flake ice machine is easy to operate and control. At the same time, flake ice is easy to transport and add to concrete, which is convenient for construction.

5. Wide application: Flake ice cooling is suitable for concrete projects of various sizes, including large infrastructure, building structures, roads, and so on.

 

Application of flake ice machine in concrete cooling

1. Control the initial pouring temperature of concrete

Adding ice produced by a flake ice machine to the concrete mixing process can effectively reduce the temperature of concrete and control it within a suitable range. This helps to improve the quality of concrete, avoid cracking and deformation, and ensure the stability and strength of concrete structure. Every side of concrete mixing cannot be separated from ice. The application of flake ice machines in bridges, tunnels, artificial islands, and other parts ensures the temperature control of concrete during the pouring process.


 

2. Extend the transportation time of concrete

In traditional construction, concrete needs to be transported to the construction site for pouring as soon as possible after mixing to avoid quality problems caused by excessive concrete temperature. However, with the help of flake ice machines, the temperature of concrete is effectively controlled. The flake ice can carry a large amount of water and fully mix with sand, gravel, and cement while taking away the heat generated when the concrete is mixed. This helps to reduce the temperature of the concrete, allowing the construction unit to transport the concrete for a longer time, providing more flexibility for construction. It can also reduce the rework and repair costs caused by concrete quality problems and improve construction efficiency.

 

3. Improve the durability of concrete:

Concrete is prone to temperature cracks when constructed in a high-temperature environment. Lowering the temperature of concrete by a flake ice machine can reduce the cracks and deformation of concrete caused by temperature changes, thereby improving the durability and service life of concrete. This is of great significance for the long-term and stable operation of large-scale infrastructure.

 

Application cases of flake ice machines in the construction

In many large-scale construction projects today, the requirements for the refinement and specialization of concrete construction technology are getting higher and higher. Temperature control has become one of the key factors determining the quality of the project and the stability of the structure. In many large-scale construction projects, the application of flake ice machines has achieved remarkable results. The following are several typical cases:

 

1. Bridge construction: Due to its special structure and the characteristics of bearing huge loads, bridge engineering has high requirements for the quality of concrete. In bridge construction, the amount of concrete poured is large, and temperature control is particularly important. A large bridge project introduced flake ice machines, which can stably produce several tons of flake ice every day, providing guarantees for concrete mixing and pouring cooling. Not only does it ensure the stability of concrete during the hardening process, but it also effectively prevents problems such as concrete cracking and deformation caused by excessive temperature, thereby ensuring the high-quality completion of the bridge project.


 

2. High-rise buildings: Due to their large vertical height and complex structure, high-rise buildings have higher requirements for the pouring and hardening process of concrete. In the construction of high-rise buildings, the introduction of flake ice machines has greatly improved the uniformity and strength of concrete. By adding flake ice in time, the temperature of concrete can be effectively lowered, the temperature gradient can be reduced, and the quality problems of concrete caused by temperature differences can be avoided.


 

3. Dam construction: As an important part of the water conservancy, the safety and durability of the dam project are directly related to the stable and safe operation of the entire water conservancy system. Dam projects require a large amount of concrete. The flake ice machine provides a stable supply of ice sources, effectively controls the temperature of concrete, and ensures the safety and durability of the dam structure.


 

Conclusion

As an efficient and convenient refrigeration equipment, the flake ice machine has been widely used in building concrete. Its high-efficiency refrigeration capacity, easy operation, environmental protection, and energy saving make it an ideal choice for controlling the temperature of concrete. Whether it is bridge construction, high-rise buildings, or dam projects, flake ice machines can provide stable temperature control for concrete construction. By controlling the temperature of concrete, the flake ice machine plays an important role in the quality of concrete, extending the transportation time of concrete and the durability of concrete. Therefore, in future construction, the application of flake ice machines in building concrete will be more extensive, injecting new vitality into the development of the construction industry.


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