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How does Juno Impact the Glue of Concrete?

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Juno ConcreteWhat is the glue of concrete?

Concrete is a mixture of aggregate, Portland cement, and water. But what actually holds concrete together? The answer is the hydrated cement matrix – the glue of concrete. Concrete is formed when Portland cement materials are combined with water to create a paste that binds with sand and rock to harden and form a composite structure. Common materials used to manufacture cement include limestone, shells, and chalk or marl combined with shale, clay, slate, blast furnace slag, silica sand, and iron ore. These ingredients, when heated at high temperatures, form a rock-like substance that is ground into the fine powder we call cement.

The hardened cement matrix of the concrete composite is a porous and hardened sponge that provides the structural strength for civil construction as well as the backbone for durability and a long service-life.

The ultimate object of combining Portland cement with supplementary cementitious material is to increase the efficiency of the cementitious matrix, maintain and enhance the fresh and hardened properties.

Why do we care?

Concrete is one of the oldest and most reliable construction materials in the world. Concrete is at the foundation of our civilizations providing everything from the sidewalks in urban, suburban, and rural areas; to the enormous concrete dams, like the Hoover Dam, spillways, and locks.

In order to achieve the durability of concrete, large amounts of Portland cement are utilized. Although cement provides concrete binding, cement production accounts for 3-5% of the worlds CO2 emission.

Cement is manufactured through a closely controlled chemical combination of calcium, silicon, aluminum, iron and other ingredients. The manufacturing of cement is a long process and at every stage of its production, the environment is affected. Carbon emissions, water pollution, and release of heavy metals in the air are common problems associated with manufacturing.

Cement dust is a pollutant that affects both the health of people and plants. Chronic diseases and respiratory disorders are observed in people who work in a cement industry and are exposed to the cement constituents and cement dust. The setting of cement is a long process and it is alkaline in nature, which may lead to lung and skin disorders because of the excessive heat normally released during setting and curing (Cement Production, Hazards, and Recycling, 2011).

How does Juno affect the glue of concrete?

The proprietary and novel make-up of Juno effectively manipulates the molecular kinetics of cement hydration to increase the toughness and durability of concrete; making concrete stronger and last longer. The science behind Juno is a combination of pozzolanic and mineral materials that increase production of the strength bearing microstructure. The Juno also has a mechanical impact on the fresh concrete the creates an environment that allows for a reduction of cementitious while maintaining the cream needed to allow grey concrete to go down the chute into the formwork.

Juno acts as a binder replacement to allows for a reduced the need for cement. Juno allows for the following:

  • Maintenance of fresh properties
  • Increase in Strength and Toughness of Hardened Concrete
  • Environment for Portland Cement reduction is created

Juno creates performance based concrete that delivers the same properties of traditional concrete with a reduction in both cost and environmental impacts. Juno, saving the world with all the concrete in it.

 

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Juno Continues Course

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Juno concrete binder replacement productSurface Tech has successfully commercialized its innovative concrete binder replacement product, Juno. Key early adopters are lab and field testing and piloting the product in various mix designs throughout the U.S.  It’s an exciting time for the concrete industry as it looks to adopt new, key technologies that enhance and compliment current long standing processes.

“As an example, the Metro Mix caisson project provides the perfect environment for testing Juno, due to the variety of weather conditions in Colorado, including cold weather freeze/thaw and de-icing salts, as well as summer heat,” says Derek Davis, district manager.

Jon Belkowitz, director of research and development at Intelligent Concrete and Surface Tech’s Concrete CTO, is providing the vital oversight and design required for the rigorous testing processes, including Juno’s own C1709 certification.

“The global concrete industry recognizes that the volumes of matured supplementary cementitious materials, like fly ash, have dropped significantly in the past decade,” says Belkowitz. “Juno serves as a replacement for these diminishing technologies, and we are confident these tests/trials will show that Juno provides a workable new option for the concrete and construction industry.”

Value propositions for Juno:

  1. Dramatically reduces mix design cost
  2. Enhances performance characteristics including strength, toughness, durability, shrinkage control, workability (to highlight a few).
  3. Reduces CO2 emissions (through reduction of cement use) and improves carbon footprint.
  4. Easy to adopt at plant: silos, hoppers, super sack, palpable bags.

For technical details on Juno and the testing process, contact us.

 

Why are alternative supplementary cementitious materials important to the construction industry?

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alternative supplementary cementitious materialsThe invention of Portland cement 175 years ago heralded a new era in construction worldwide, and today it is the most widely used building material. Architects and general contractors appreciate its versatility, durability and economic value, and for its sourcing of local materials in production. That’s the good news about Portland cement.

The bad news:  Portland cement consumes vast quantities of energy and releases CO2 in the process. And since it’s produced in such gargantuan quantities, the construction industry faces increasing pressure to find alternative supplementary cementitious materials to replace Portland cement in concrete.

Portland cement concrete already incorporates a wide range of supplementary cementitious materials, including fly ash from coal combustion, and silica. However, these materials do not address all of the shortcomings of Portland cement in certain applications and environments. For instance, Portland cement concrete can degrade rapidly in environments with high acidity or high sulfate concentrations.

In addition to replacing Portland cement, alternative supplementary cementitious materials also hold the promise of increasing the strength of concrete, requiring less water in the mix, improving workability and producing a concrete that’s less brittle. So naturally, the search for alternative supplementary cementitious materials to replace Portland cement has picked up speed over the past decade.

Surface Tech has been at the forefront of alternative binder technology since 2016. As Juno enters its final phases of testing and refinement, we are seeing spectacular potential for this product as an alternative supplementary cementitious material that will easily conform to ASTM standards and mitigate many of the problems inherent with traditional alternative supplementary cementitious materials.

To learn more about Juno and how it can reduce cost and increase strength of traditional concrete in your next project, contact us.

Beat the fly ash shortage with JUNO!

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Beat the fly ash shortage with JUNOConcrete producers often rely on ASTM C 618 Class F fly ash, derived from burning coal in power plants, as a partial substitute for Portland cement. Yet despite loosening regulations, the coal industry continues to suffer from America’s dwindling appetite for coal, and the unintended consequence is a shortage of coal combustion residue and fly ash. Many concrete producers now report having to use straight cement mixes, which increases cost.

Globally, significant sources of Class C fly ash exist, but the lower quality makes this product difficult to activate, and transportation adds to the cost. Class C fly ash is not as effective in mitigating chemical attack as Class F fly ash. However, there is one sure way to beat the shortage of high-quality fly ash:  Switch to Juno.

Juno is an advanced mineral admixture developed by Surface Tech that can replace fly ash as a partial substitute for traditional cement. It can be used in standard concretes, as well as in specialty applications without sacrificing performance.

The core technology found in Surface Tech’s Juno is a revolutionary building material using cutting-edge advancements in mineralogy combined with a graduated fiber matrix to reduce material cost. In fact, concretes that incorporate Juno as a binder often have higher performance characteristics than traditional concretes.

For more information on how Juno can lower cost and improve performance in projects like soil stabilization, controlled density fill (CDF) and rip-rap, visit http://surface-tech.com/portfolio/juno/. To find out how you can achieve savings of up to 30 percent on your next project, contact us today.

JUNO passes initial laboratory testing with flying colors

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Juno ConcreteThe results are in, and JUNO has proven it can increase strength and durability as well as decrease shrinkage in the laboratory tests that have been conducted to date. Surface Tech CTO Jon Belkowitz reports the product performs well in all areas that have been evaluated.  He sees JUNO as an easily-adoptable means to improve most types of concrete mix designs. The evaluation of JUNO will continue as it completes ASTM C1709 certification.

“Overall improved performance characteristics are some of the value propositions Juno is creating”, says Dr. Belkowitz, who also serves as the Director of Research and Development at Intelligent Concrete, a materials laboratory that specializes in concrete research, development and education with a focus on innovation.

It’s the fine particle size, in particular, that plays an important role in the material properties of JUNO. The core technology found in JUNO employs a revolutionary building material that utilizes cutting-edge advancements in mineralogy, combined with a graduated matrix.

The result is an alternative supplementary cementitious material that can reduce the amount of traditional cement and fly ash needed in concrete, while increasing fresh and hardened properties, thus saving money on cement/fly ash in the concrete mix. And Juno reduces CO2 emissions resulting from cement usage.

Better yet, and in concert with the performance characteristic improvements, JUNO produces a concrete that maintains fresh properties and improves strength in the final product, which adds up to a longer life for the concrete.

“We’ve run a number of tests for different applications, and JUNO is proving to be a phenomenal product,” says Dr. Belkowitz.

 

 

Jon Belkowitz joins Surface Tech team as Chief Technology Officer

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Jon BelkowitzIn a further indication of the company’s commitment to producing high quality, well researched and tested products, Surface Tech announces the addition of Jon Belkowitz to its team as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

Many in the industry know Jon from his work as Director of R&D at Intelligent Concrete, LLC. Intelligent Concrete specializes in concrete research, development and education with a focus on innovation. At Intelligent Concrete, Jon was instrumental in the testing and refining for commercialization of Surface Tech’s revolutionary alternative binder for concrete, JUNO.

Prior to Intelligent Concrete, Jon served in the United States Air Force from 1996 to 2006, specializing in civil engineering. There he was exposed to a wide range of concrete types and applications. Many were dependent upon the engineering practices of different host nation forces, developing nations, and disaster repair initiatives.

Jon has also worked in private testing laboratories on structural engineering proposals and materials development projects, including the application of nanotechnology in concrete. He has consulted on projects in the United States, India, Turkey, Africa, Italy, and Germany.  Jon has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, with a specialty in Nanotechnology in Concrete.

Contact Jon at jon.belkowitz@surface-tech.com

Industry veteran Ken May joins Surface Tech

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Ken MayHaving brought other leading-edge technologies to the construction industry, Ken will provide business development and strategic partnership support on a national level.  With more than thirty-five years of experience in leadership positions in sales, marketing and operations, Ken brings a diversified perspective of all functional and business operations. His expertise will provide opportunities for leading General, Specialty Contractors and Construction Management firms across the country to learn more about Surface Tech and the many benefits its products can offer.

 

JUNO – The Revolutionary Alternative Binder That Saves Money, Increases Strength And Reduces C02 Footprint.

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Juno ConcreteUpcoming webinars explain how

JUNO represents the next level in alternative binder technology that delivers three important advances. One, JUNO dramatically reduces the cost of concrete. Two, it performs better, and three, JUNO benefits the environment.

Let’s face it, innovation is essential for the future of repairing the world’s critical infrastructure and money often matters most. So if you’re interested in providing the future to your customers in a better product for less cost, find out how JUNO can make it happen in two upcoming webinars.

Join us for this informative,
engaging and entertaining webinar
“It’s About JUNO” !

Dr. Jon Belkowitz, director of research for Intelligent Concrete, will walk you through the details and the data that backs up the incredible performance capabilities of JUNO. He should know. His firm did the research on this revolutionary new binder material.

Our webinar will cover how JUNO:

  • Decreases mix costs DRASTICALLY
  • Increases compressive strength
  • Increases split tensile strength
  • Decreases shrinkage
  • Requires NO CHANGE in process
  • Benefits the environment
  • Meets requirements for a wide range of applications

Register today for one or both webinars:

July 9th – 8am to 9am PDT
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5324649331589178627?source=Juno+Webinar+July+9th+Session

July 11th – 1pm to 2pm PDT
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5276657848060111875?source=Juno+Webinar+July+11th+Session

Experience Matters — John Gilveli and Derek Davis provide new depth to Surface Tech Team

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Surface Tech welcomes two seasoned professionals who will provide unparalleled customer service and reliable technical expertise to our team.

John GilveliJohn Gilveli leads business development activities for Surface Tech in the South region. He joins the company with a proven track record of developing, launching and managing strategic initiatives within a multitude of industries. New and existing customers alike will find John brings a unique ability to analyze projects incisively and create solutions that consistently meet or exceed expectations. Throughout his long career, John has witnessed many advancements and has acquired an in depth understanding of the technology changes sweeping the construction industry. He clearly recognizes the value Surface Tech provides with its unique product and services innovation platform.

 

Derek DavisDerek Davis joins Surface Tech as a District Manager. He works to achieve the single goal of providing performance and product perfection for our customers. Derek has worked in the construction field his entire professional career and excels at consulting with construction firms and owners to deploy innovative technologies that enhance performance, drive efficiencies, increase productivity and maximize profitability. His prior experience includes a three-year stint with NoteVault, a leading construction software reporting company, where he rose to the level of Senior Account Manager and was responsible for new account development including large Enterprise. Derek also has contributed to construction articles and topics for numerous publications and recently was interviewed at the 2018 World of Concrete by ForConstructionPros magazine on construction technology enablement.

Learn more about the Surface Tech Leadership Team here.

 

Surface Tech creates alliance with Intelligent Concrete to provide technical expertise on its revolutionary binder-replacement product, Juno™

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concreteSurface Tech has teamed with Intelligent Concrete to act as a third-party technical advisor for its binder-replacement product, Juno. The product provides a variety of benefits as a partial substitute for traditional concrete binders, delivering substantial value in Price, Performance and Environmental Benefits.  Applications include Geo-solutions, Shotcrete, Conventional and UHPC.

Because Juno is a new product, questions can arise.

“Our customers have the ability to connect with Intelligent Concrete as an additional resource when they have questions about our concrete products, particularly Juno,” said Steve Santa Cruz, president, Surface Tech.  “This state-of-the-art, accredited lab provided cutting edge technical assistance throughout the development phase of Juno and has done an excellent job of continued efficacy validation.”

Intelligent Concrete is a nationally-recognized research and product development firm headed by husband and wife team Dr. Jon, PhD, and Whitney Belkowitz. The couple brings unmatched passion, innovation-mindedness and keen discipline to the study of concrete.  Their team of accredited professionals are a high-level combination of expertise, well respected in the concrete industry — both nationally and abroad.

“Intelligent Concrete is recognized globally for excellence in concrete, particularly in innovative technologies, and their team has been solid stewards in the development of Juno,” said Santa Cruz. “Their technical support will provide customers ongoing information and specifics that will enable a better understanding of the backbone that makes Juno a compelling solution for concrete.”