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Foam Concrete Advantages and Disadvantages

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 foaming agent are also expected to change significantly.

Foam Concrete Advantages

1. Foam concrete is a lightweight, easy-to-use, and easy-to-finish material. For home improvement projects, such as building decks or other areas on the property, foam concrete may be a wise choice. 

2. Foam concrete has high freeze-thaw resistance. 

3. It's unlikely to crack or snap easily. Many people use foam concrete in their homes, and structures built with it are very strong. 

4. It will not be damaged by welding and grinding as well as cutting or chiseling. Although foam concrete may require some sharp tools (such as a hammer), it can withstand these cuts and grinds well without completely cracking. 

5. Foam concrete structure has excellent load dispersion and distribution ability. It is very light and can withstand high load propagation. 

6. Foam structure is flexible and easy to use. 

7. The use of foam concrete in construction projects such as home improvement projects is very cost-effective and economical. Foam concrete does not have any smell like regular concrete, and its mixture can be mixed with any additives (such as colors, etc.) to create more attractive colors or other patterns that suit people's needs. 

8. Foam concrete has high fire resistance.

9. It is well absorbent, meaning that foam concrete will not expand as a result of rain or other moisture that may be present in the surrounding air.

10. Foam concrete is waterproof and can easily withstand water.

11. It does not absorb water when exposed to moisture in the air, so when people use foam concrete to make structures on properties, they can avoid problems like rot and mold. 

 

Foam Concrete Disadvantages

1. Compared with ordinary concrete, the mixing process of foam concrete is difficult. 

2. Compared with ordinary cement or concrete, parts of foam concrete are harder to find and therefore more expensive. 

3. It is difficult to mix and finish projects without the proper tools or equipment to support them. In addition, the pressure is lower when mixing foam concrete, so special equipment is needed to mix it to an acceptable density. 

4. It is difficult to track the strength of the completed structure during the completion phase. 

5. Since foam concrete is a mixture of different materials, it depends on each product (such as sand, cement, water, additives, etc.). 

6. Due to uneven density during treatment, it may sometimes spread out and cause problems during the finishing or installation phases of these structures. 

7. The compressive strength of foam concrete is lower than that of ordinary concrete. 

8. Foam concrete is not resistant to acid, oil and grease, and other destructive substances. To protect it from these problems, a protective coating must be applied to the surface of the foam concrete prior to the use or installation stage. 

 

What is Foam Concrete used for?

Foam concrete is fire-resistant and its thermal and acoustic properties make it ideal for a variety of applications, from floor and roof insulation to void filling. In addition, it is good for groove recovery. 

 

Foam Concrete Strength

Foam concrete is a kind of multifunctional material, its strength depends on different cementing materials, cement dosage, mix ratio, water-cement ratio, foam volume, foaming agent, curing method, admixture, etc. 

The dry density of foam concrete is between 400-1600kg/m3 and the compressive strength is between 1-25mpa.

 

Is foam concrete toxic? 

Foam concrete does not contain toxic substances.

 

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The war in Russia and Ukraine is roiling global financial markets. Russia and Ukraine are important commodity suppliers in the world, so their conflict is bound to make a full impact on the global commodity supply. In view of this, the price of the concrete foaming agent may continue to rise in the future.

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