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Organo Cement, Alkaline Curing - What does it all mean?


If you could cross a mouse with an army tank you would end up with a rodent that would beat the living daylights out of your cat!

The above proposition characterises an organo cement relationship. Something of organic origin (ie. the mouse) is crossed (ie. chemically combined) with something of mineral origin (ie. the army tank) to produce a different something that is neither a mouse nor an army tank, but is something that shares the characteristics of each. Neither a mouse nor an army tank is particularly well designed for beating up on cats. However when pertinent characteristics of each are combined then that combination is able to perform tasks that neither a mouse nor a tank would perform by themselves (ie. beat the living daylights out of cats).

For instance, the organo cement chemistry employed by Flexi Wall'n Floor 2 Part works along these lines. A liquid of organic origin is chemically combined with powders of mineral origin to generate an irreversible chemical combination that has far superior adhesive properties than are possessed by either the liquid or the powders individually.

The word "cement" is normally associated with grey stuff that comes in bags you mix with water and it sets hard and brittle with no flexibility. In organo cement jargon, "cement" means to "chemically combine" where water is the trigger that gets the chemical reaction going (ie. hydration). If an organo cement recipe contains more organic material than mineral material then the "cement" will be rubbery and flexible. If it contains more mineral material the reverse applies. The "cement" will be less rubbery and less flexible but will exhibit greater compression strength.

Flexi Wall'n Floor Masonry provides users with minimum and maximum mixing recipes based on cement addition. The minimum recipe produces a rubbery and highly flexible adhesive. The maximum recipe produces a less rubbery, less flexible adhesive but with higher compression strength. Tilers and Stone Masons can customise the adhesive to any mix ratio between these minimum and maximum ranges.

The last element of the organo cement equation is the alkaline curing component. In order for the chemical combination of the ingredients to occur the environment must be alkaline. The ancient Druids used lime to generate the required alkalinity. The ancient Romans and the Egyptians also used lime in their respective organo cements. Flexi Wall'n Floor 2 Part uses lime too but not in a powder format. It uses the lime that is generated as a bi-product of the hydration of the powders.

This one organic polymer became commercially available only a few years ago. Its organo cement role wasn't recognized until discovered by accident. Since then we have taught ourselves to understand and apply a modern version of this old and proven technology. First, as a performance upgrade to Flexi-point ridge security (a high strength, high flexibility, exterior adhesive used to glue down the ridge caps of tile roofs). Next, as a performance and versatility upgrade to the original Flexi Wall'n Floor product. And in the future for various new and improved product concepts such as cementitious roof coatings, paints, waterproofing membranes, etc and possibly even as a new approach to major concrete structures in high rise and dam construction.

 

 
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