The Superintendence of Industry and Commerce has granted Cementos Argos a new patent of invention until 2035, for the formulation and method of obtaining ultra high concrete performance or advanced concrete.
In 2014, Argos started the research and development of this concrete, and began to commercialise it in 2017, with the intention of responding to the market’s need to have a better performance in the works in terms of durability, structural behaviour, and architectural requirements.
The advanced concrete is characterised by having greater mechanical resistance (compression, direct traction, and bending), offering greater resistance to chemical attacks, and having fluidity in a plastic state. These properties allow an increase in the useful life of projects, as well as reducing maintenance costs, building lighter structures with better structural behaviour, materialising forms of greater complexity, and expanding the creative options of designers and architects.
Ultra high performance concrete is a special composition that achieves high compactness and ductility, granting a number of structural and aesthetic alternatives. Its high strength ad compression allows for the building of much thinner sections, reduces work execution times, and has a greater durability due to the zero porosity of the material. In addition, due to its physical characteristics, it can replace materials such as steel, generating savings in time and money for builders.
“This concrete has a resistance seven times higher than that of conventional concrete, which gives it advantages of high strength and durability, seismic performance, and versatility,” said Daniel Duque, Manager of R&D at Argos. “This patent is the result of perseverance and teamwork to continue to consolidate as a company that is committed to innovation and that is concerned with providing solutions.”
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