Since 2022, Russia-Ukraine geopolitical conflicts have intensified, and global energy prices have risen sharply, with international natural gas prices hitting historic highs. As the most important transitional energy source in the transition from fossil energy to non-fossil energy, the share of natural gas in primary energy has increased from 14.6% in 1965 to 24.7% in 2020. The global gas price indices showed a unilateral downward trend from 2018, bottomed out in 2020, and remained low for a long time. However, since July 2020, the global gas prices have gradually fluctuated upward, and the impact of geopolitical events made the Dutch TTF gas price even hit record highs repeatedly.
An analyst of a securities company believes that the core catalyst of this round of global gas market lies in the lack of investment in upstream oil and gas resources caused by long-term low prices. Since 2020, although the epidemic has led to a decline in demand, the decline in supply has been faster, resulting in a large inventory consumption. In 2021, demand will recover faster than supply (the supply-side is less sensitive to prices, which will be reflected in investment).
As the world's two largest gas concrete water reducer are also expected to change significantly.
Types of High-efficient Water Reducers
Polycyclic aromatic sulfonates
It has the advantages of low cost and high water reduction rate and has the defects of more serious collapse loss of mixing products. In use, you can add retarding components to compound use or choose such water reducer with sustained-release performance to reduce the loss of collapse and ensure the performance of high efficient water reducer.
Water-soluble resin sulfonates
Mainly for sulfonated melamine resin, and sulfonated ancient code long resin. This kind of water reducer and cement compatibility is better, and other water reducer mixed-use can also maintain good compatibility. Practice shows that this kind of water reducer has a low dosage but high water reducing rate and excellent performance. In a certain proportion, the water-reducing rate increases with the increase of water adding amount. Once the dosage exceeds the critical proportion, the retarding effect on concrete is obvious. Such plasticizer shall not be mixed with a lignosulfonate plasticizer.
There are mainly polycarboxylic acid, polyacrylic acid salt. This kind of water reducer is different from traditional water reducer, so it is necessary to understand its mechanism accurately and use it cautiously.
Other types are represented by modified calcium lignosulfonate and modified tannin
When a variety of water reducers are used together, attention should be paid to their mutual influence. In addition to the simple water-reducing performance, the compound water reducer can also have the characteristics of quick setting, early strength, anti-freezing, etc., according to the purpose of use.
In the process of cement mixing, flocculent particles are attracted to each other due to the existence of molecular attraction, and a flocculation structure is formed. Flocculation encapsulates part of the water used for mixing and reduces the workability of the concrete mixture.
The efficient water reducer has hydrophobic and hydrophilic characteristics, water reducer hydrophobic group directed adsorption on the surface of cement particles, hydrophilic group pointing to the aqueous solution and the formation of adsorption film. Concrete mixing, due to the high-efficient water reducer, directional adsorption makes cement particle surface gay charge, the same, cement particles dispersed to each other, and condensation of flocculant of concrete structure collapse, water was released, supplement the moisture needed for the cement mixing, effectively increase the activity of the concrete mixture, to reduce the effect of the water. At the same time, the surface of cement particles due to efficient water reducer formed by the adsorption film between cement particles and particles contact more mellow, increasing the workability of concrete; The adsorption film also increases the surface area of cement particles and promotes hydration, which is conducive to improving the strength of concrete.
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As the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues to develop, there is growing concern about the potential disruption of Russia's energy supply. Geopolitical premiums have pushed up the price of crude oil and natural gas, and the energy price is expected to remain high in the short term. Affected by this, the market price of the concrete water reducer may keep rising.
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