Flowable Epoxy Grout

Three-component, solvent-free, aminecured, silica-filled epoxy mortar.

Uses

Wherever a high strength, flowable, epoxy grout is required. 

  • Under machine base plates. 
  • Under bridge and other structural bearings. 
  • Grouting holding down bolts, etc. 
  • As a high strength gap filling material. 
  • NOT for use in direct sunlight.
Features & Benefits
  • Very fluid/flowable 
  • Super strong grout 
  • For very narrow access
Surface Preparation

All surfaces against which epidermix 324 will come into contact must be clean, sound and dry. Concrete must be free of laitance, dust, fractured aggregate, oil, grease and foreign matter. For maximum adhesion, surface should be scabbled to expose main aggregate. Steel must be free of oil, grease, old paint, other foreign matter, millscale and rust. For maximum adhesion, surface should be abrasive blast cleaned. Dryness of concrete should be proved by the ‘plastic sheet’ test. There should be no condensate on the underside of a sheet fixed in contact overnight nor should the concrete show a colour change Surface preparation: The substrate must be dry before application Electronic moisture content tests must be conducted prior to application of the priming system. Maximum moisture 4-5% max. (eg Protimeter Survey Master or equivalent) Dynamic Calcium Chloride moisture “weight gain” over 24 hours or (a practical overnight “plastic sheet test” is also advisable approx. 1m² masked down on surface) 

Properties of Wet Material

 

Mixing ratio 

Do not split kit 

Density (typical) 

2.05 g/cm3 

Colour: Base Activator Aggregate Mixed 

Transparent amber Clear Grey-brown Brown 

Flash point 

>100ºC 

Dilution 

Do not dilute 

Consistency 

Binder – low viscosity Mortar – flowable 

Toxicity 

Uncured material is toxic 

 

 

Properties During Application

 Application by 

Pouring 

Pot life 5l kit of mortar 

15ºC – 60 min 20ºC – 45 min 25ºC – 30 min 30ºC – 22 min 35ºC – 15 min 

Volume solids 

100% 

Curing time @ 25ºC 

Touch dry – 8 hrs Practical cure – 24 hrs Full cure – 7 days 

Application temperature range 

10ºC to 40ºC 

Application rate 

At 5mm thickness, 5 litre kit covers 1m2 – with no wastage allowance 

Equipment cleanup 

abe®super brush cleaner 

Properties of Cured Material

Maximum service temperature 

Dry – 90ºC Wet – 70ºC 

Compressive strength 7 days at 25ºC 

110 MPa 

Compressive strength 1 day @ 25ºC 

60 MPa 

Tensile strength 7 days @ 25ºC 

9 MPa 

Grouting test – 15 diameter embedment annulus 25% of diameter 

12mm HT bars fractured 

Modified Arizona shear test using 5mm thick film 

High strength prisms failed in concrete 

Shrinkage during cure 

Negligible 

Water resistance 

Excellent 

Toxicity 

Do not use in contact with potable water or food 

Chemical resistance 

Resists: oils, greases, petroleum, fuels and solvents, hydrochloric acid, 40% sulphuric acid and caustic soda 

Colour 

Brown finish 

Bonding / Priming

Self priming.

Mixing

Premix the silica aggregate to obtain even distribution of the various gradings. Add the entire contents of the activator tin to the base component and, without splashing, stir with a flat paddle until an even, streak free mixture results. This takes at least five minutes. Once liquid components have been thoroughly mixed, the aggregate may be added. When using a mechanical mixer, place mixed liquid in the pan and slowly add premixed aggregate, mixing until an evenly coated, wetted mix results. Use this procedure also if manual mixing is carried out in a drum. All lumps must be broken down and an evenly wetted mass obtained. 

Beware high summer temperature and overfast drill mixing causing extremely fast curing. Very low temperature retards/ stops curing. 

Coverage

Depends upon dimensions of cavity – to be calculated. 

Application

If the unit to be grouted does not form a natural shutter, a tight shutter will have to be provided to retain the epoxy mortar until it has set. Release from the shutter may be obtained through the use of conventional mould oils but a better finish will be obtained by facing the shutter with plastic sheeting. Remove all wrinkles in the plastic to prevent transfer into the epoxy face. Operations must be so designed that there is no chance of air entrapment in the mortar. Pouring must be done from one point, or side, of the unit and must continue from there until the gap is completely filled. Depending on the geometry of the unit and the distance that the grout will have to flow, it is usually necessary to provide a shuttered head for ingress of the mortar. As a simple rule of thumb, the smaller the gap and the longer the distance that the grout will be required to flow, the larger must be the head provided. The volume of epidermix 324 that can be placed in one lift depends on several factors: 

  • The ambient conditions prevailing in the immediate vicinity of the repair; 
  • The heat absorbing properties of the shuttering and the substrate; 
  • The cross sectional area of the repair; 
  • The area of surface contact; 
  • The ease of access for placing the mortar. 

Seek the help of a.b.e.®’s Technical Department prior to application to prevent problems arising from the exothermic reaction. As a rough guide, a single placing should not involve more than about 6×5 litre kits of epidermix 324 (i.e. about 30 l mortar). Shuttering may be stripped as soon as the last lift has set. If appearance is important, rub down any nibs immediately, using a carborundum stone.

Cleaning

abe® super brush cleaner before dried/cured

Protection on Completion

Against traffic and spillage until cured. 

Most epoxies chalk and degrade in extensive sunlight. 

Temperature & Relative Humidity

See “properties of cured material”, “Properties during application” and “Mixing”.

Model Specification

Three component, high strength, flowable epoxy grout for machine bases and bridge bearing pads. The grout shall be epidermix 324, a three component, solvent free, amine cured, flowable epoxy comprising a resin hardener system and pre-packed aggregates applied in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations, The mortar shall have a compressive strength of 110 MPa in seven days and be resistant to aliphatic solvents, oils, petrol, diesel fuel, and chemical attack. 

Packaging

epidermix 324 is supplied in 5L kits. 

Handling & Storage

This product has a shelf life of 24 months if kept in a dry cool place in the original packaging. In more extreme conditions this period might be shortened.

Health & Safety

Uncured epidermix 324 contains diethylene triamine which is toxic. Prolonged skin contact can result in dermatological reaction. Always ventilate a working area very well during application and curing. Always wear gloves and eye protection when working with the material and avoid excessive inhalation and skin contact. If material is splashed into the eye, wash with copious quantities of clean water and seek medical advice.

Cured epidermix 324 is inert but must not be allowed to come into contact with foodstuff or potable water. When transporting liquids and semi-liquids by aircraft, ask for material safety data sheet. 

Important Note

This data sheet is issued as a guide to the use of the product(s) concerned. Whilst a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals endeavors to ensure that any advice, recommendation, specification or information is accurate and correct, the company cannot – because a.b.e.® has no direct or continuous control over where and how a.b.e.® products are applied – accept any liability either directly or indirectly arising from the use of a.b.e.® products, whether or not in accordance with any advice, specification, recommendation, or information given by the company.

Further Information

Where other products are to be used in conjunction with this material, the relevant technical data sheets should be consulted to determine total requirements. a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals has a wealth of technical and practical experience built up over years in the company’s pursuit of excellence in building and construction technology.