Evaluation of Grout Performance for Concrete Repair at Reclamation

Project ID: 9625
Principal Investigator: Shannon Harrel
Research Topic: Repair and Maintenance
Funded Fiscal Years: 2016, 2017 and 2018
Keywords: chemical grout, concrete fracture, concrete repair, concrete seepage, water stop repair, water control

Research Question

What are effective repair methods for chemical grout concrete repairs to stop water leaking through damaged concrete? What application process produces the strongest adhesion of repair material to concrete to give the longest repair life possible?

Need and Benefit

Over time all infrastructure requires repair and maintenance. In an attempt to develop effective solutions to the ever increasing need for repair, we must first find an efficient repair material and method. The development of methods to successfully stop water from penetrating deteriorated concrete is of high priority. Leaking water will follow the path of least resistance. At times it will be cost effective to divert the water with chemical grout in a specific direction to gain control of flows. Chemical grout can be used to steer water away from electrical equipment or to an area of lower concern, where the risk of further deterioration and corrosion would be minimal. Proper chemical grout choice would allow for a longer life span of infrastructure for years to come.

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Research Products

Bureau of Reclamation Review

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Evaluation of Grout Performance for Concrete Repair at Reclamation (final, PDF, 29.5MB)
By Shannon Harrell
Research Product completed on September 30, 2018

This research product summarizes the research results and potential application to Reclamation's mission.

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