Shotcrete is concrete or mortar that’s sprayed out of a hose and nozzle at high pressure. It’s used in the construction of various structural elements (especially vertical) including foundation walls, retaining walls, bridges, and dams.
Shotcrete is also good for creating curved concrete structures like swimming pools and tunnels. Usually, steel reinforcement rods or some type of woven metal fabric is used in order to provide tensile strength.
How Long Does Shotcrete Take to Dry?
The drying time of shotcrete can vary depending on several factors, such as the environmental conditions, the mix design, and the thickness of the shotcrete layer. On average, shotcrete takes between 24 to 48 hours to fully dry and cure. While it may appear dry on the surface, the shotcrete mix will continue to cure and strengthen over a period of several weeks.
Is Shotcrete Stronger Than Poured Concrete?
Both shotcrete and poured concrete can achieve similar strength levels. The key difference between the two is in the application process. Shotcrete is applied with high pressure, which results in a more densely packed material. Additionally, because shotcrete is sprayed onto a surface, it can conform to irregular shapes and provide better adherence to the underlying surfaces. In contrast, poured concrete may have more air pockets or inconsistencies due to the casting and molding process, leading to slightly lower strength.
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