Expanded polystyrene concrete

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Expanded polystyrene (EPS) concrete (also known as EPScrete, EPS concrete or lightweight concrete) is a form of concrete known for its light weight made from cement and EPS (Expanded Polystyrene). It is a popular material for use in environmentally "green" homes. It has been used as road bedding, in soil or geo-stabilization projects and as sub-grading for railroad trackage.[1]

It is created by using small lightweight Styrofoam or EPS balls as an aggregate instead of the crushed stone that is used in regular concrete. It is not as strong as stone-based concrete mixes, but has other advantages such as increased thermal and sound insulation properties, easy shaping and ability to be formed by hand with sculpturing and construction tools.

EPS concrete combines the construction ease of concrete with the thermal and hydro insulation properties of EPS and can be used for a very wide range of application where lighter loads or thermal insulation or both are desired.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How To Make EPS Concrete". Archived from the original on 15 April 2014. 

www.elemix.com - Technical information on the use of EPS in concrete to reduce weight, improve consistency and pumpability, reduce cracking and add a consistent level of freeze-thaw durability.