CTS Cement
CTS Cement
Rapid Set


Low Permeability Cement For Bridge Deck Overlays & Repairs

DESCRIPTION: Rapid Set® LOW-P™ CEMENT is a low permeability, corrosion resistant, fast setting hydraulic cement based on advanced cement technology. When mixed with water and aggregates, LOW-P CEMENT produces concrete mixtures with unparalleled performance and ease of use. The finished LOW-P CEMENT concrete exhibits exceptional long-life durability in harsh freeze-thaw conditions.

RECOMMENDED USES: LOW-P CEMENT is ideal for fast-track bridge deck overlays, elevated deck repairs, pavement repairs and general concrete projects where low chloride ion permeability, corrosion resistance, and fast strength gain are desired. LOW-P CEMENT is a high value alternative to latex modified concrete (LMC), microsilica, low slump, and silica fume concrete.

ENVIRONMENTAL ADVANTAGES: Use LOW-P CEMENT to reduce your carbon footprint and lower your environmental impact. Production of Rapid Set cement emits far less CO2 than portland cement. Contact your representative for Leed values and environmental information.

SURFACE PREPARATION: Concrete bonding surfaces must be clean, sound, and free from any materials that may inhibit bond such as oil, asphalt, curing compounds, acids, dirt and loose debris. Complete surface preparation in accordance with project specifications. Immediately prior to placement of LOW-P CEMENT concrete the repair surface should be thoroughly saturated with water for a period of no less than 1 hour. Standing water and puddles should be removed from the surface. Scrub coats or brush-in coats are not required. Please refer to the LOW-P CEMENT Technical Guide for surface preparation recommendations.

FIELD TESTS: Conduct field tests panels at the jobsite using the prepared bonding surface and the LOW-P CEMENT concrete to determine actual field performance and suitability for your intended use.

MIX & PLACE: LOW-P CEMENT concrete mixtures may be batched using volumetric mixer equipment or drum/mortar mixers. The working time is approximately 15-20 minutes. This time can be extended to one hour or more by using citric acid retarder. Roller and truss screeds can be used for small overlay placements. Self propelled screed/finishing equipment should be used for all large applications. Patching and small overlay work may require additional internal vibration. Straight edges or bull floats can be used directly behind screed/finisher equipment to assure closure of concrete surface. Surface retardants or water misting should be used to reduce evaporation. Broom or tine the concrete as soon as the surface can hold the finish. For more information, please refer to LOW-P CEMENT Technical Guide.

CURING: For overlays, the surface should be covered promptly after final finishing with a single, clean layer of wet burlap followed by a layer of clear polyethylene film. Patches can be water cured by maintaining a moist sheen on the surface. The curing should continue until the concrete has reached the strength desired. Depending on temperatures and specified strength, this will usually be within 1-3 hours after the final finishing. During this period, apply more water, as needed, to keep the entire concrete surface continuously wet.

COLD WEATHER: Environmental and material temperatures below 70°F (21°C) may delay setting time and reduce the rate of strength gain. Lower temperatures will have a more pronounced effect. Thinner sections will be more significantly affected. To compensate for cold temperatures, keep material warm, use heated mix water and follow ACI 306 Procedures for Cold Weather Concreting.

WARM WEATHER: Environmental and material temperatures above 70°F (21°C) may speed setting time and increase the rate of strength gain. Higher temperatures will have a more pronounced effect. To compensate for warm temperatures, keep material cool, use chilled mix water and follow ACI 305 Procedures for Hot Weather Concreting. The use of citric acid (retarder) will help offset the effects of high temperatures.

YIELD & PACKAGING: Rapid Set® LOW-P™ CEMENT is available nationwide in 2000-lb super sacks and in bulk. When used in a typical mix design, 2000 lbs will yield about 3 to 3.5 cubic yards of concrete.

SHELF LIFE: LOW-P CEMENT has a shelf life of 12 months when stored properly in a dry location, protected from moisture, out of direct sunlight, and in an undamaged package.

USER RESPONSIBILITY: Before using CTS products, read current technical data sheets, bulletins, product labels and safety data sheets at www.CTScement.com. It is the user’s responsibility to review instructions and warnings for any CTS products prior to use.

WARNING: DO NOT BREATHE DUST. AVOID CONTACT WITH SKIN AND EYES. Use material in well-ventilated areas only. Exposure to cement dust may irritate eyes, nose, throat, and the upper respiratory system/lungs. Silica exposure by inhalation may result in the development of lung injuries and pulmonary diseases, including silicosis and lung cancer. Seek medical treatment if you experience difficulty breathing while using this product. The use of a NIOSH/MSHA-approved respirator (P-, N- or R-95) is recommended to minimize inhalation of cement dust. Eat and drink only in dust-free areas to avoid ingesting cement dust. Skin contact with dry material or wet mixtures may result in bodily injury ranging from moderate irritation and thickening/cracking of skin to severe skin damage from chemical burns. If irritation or burning occurs, seek medical treatment. Protect eyes with goggles or safety glasses with side shields. Cover skin with protective clothing. Use chemical resistant gloves and waterproof boots. In case of skin contact with cement dust, immediately wash off dust with soap and water to avoid skin damage. In case of skin contact with wet cement, wash exposed skin areas with cold running water as soon as possible. In case of eye contact with cement dust, flush immediately and repeatedly with clean water, and consult a physician. If wet cement splashes into eyes, rinse eyes with clean water for at least 15 minutes and go to the hospital for further treatment.

Please refer to the SDS and www.CTScement.com for additional safety information regarding this material.

LIMITED WARRANTY: CTS CEMENT MANUFACTURING CORP. (CTS) warrants its materials to be of good quality and, at its option, will replace or refund the purchase price of any material proven to be defective within one (1) year from date of purchase. The above remedies shall be the limit of CTS’s responsibility. Except for the foregoing, all warranties expressed or implied, including merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, are excluded. CTS shall not be liable for any consequential, incidental, or special damages arising directly or indirectly from the use of the materials.

WARNING: CANCER and REPRODUCTIVE HARM - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

Low Permeability: Improved resistance to attack from chlorides and de-icing salts
Excellent Freeze-Thaw Resistance: Achieves a durability factor of 99 after 300 cycles (ASTM C666)
Fast Setting: Minimizes downtime and is ready for traffic in 1 to 3 hours
Single Component Cement: Just add water and aggregates
Hydraulic Cement-Based Formula: Provides excellent long life durability
High sulfate resistance
Easy to place, high slump, non-segregating formula
Conforms to:
ASTM: C928, C387
State (DOT) and local approvals
MasterFormat® 2016
03 01 30Maintenance of Cast-in-Place Concrete
03 01 50Maintenance of Cast Decks and Underlayment
03 01 70Maintenance of Mass Concrete
03 31 00Structural Concrete Cast-in-Place
03 53 19Concrete Overlayment
CTS Cement Manufacturing Corp. 12442 Knott St. Garden Grove, CA 92841 Tel: 800-929-3030 | Fax: 714-379-8270 Web: www.CTScement.com E-mail: info@CTScement.com

Low-P™ Cement658 lbs (298 kg)
Coarse Aggregate 3/8"-1/2"1450 lbs (658 kg)
Fine Aggregate 1600 lbs (726 kg)
Citric Acid (retarder)*2.4 lb (1.08 kg)
Water296 lbs (134 kg)
Set Time, ASTM C191 Mod.
Initial set30 minutes
Final set40 minutes
Slump, ASTM C143
7-9 inches
Compressive Strength, ASTM C39
3 hours4500 psi (31.0 MPa)
6 hours6000 psi (41.4 MPa)
24 hours7000 psi (48.3 MPa)
7 days8000 psi (55.2 MPa)
28 days9000 psi (62.1 MPa)
Bond Strength, ASTM C882 per C928
24 hours1200 psi (8.27 MPa)
7 days1900 psi (13.1 MPa)
28 days2200 psi (15.21 MPa)
Shrinkage, ASTM C157 Mod.
7 days0.003%
28 days0.023%
Freeze-Thaw, ASTM C666
300 cycles (Durability factor)105.1
Rapid Chloride Ion Penetration, ASTM C1202
28 days< 1000 Coulombs
*Citric acid can be used to extend the setting time of Low-P™ Concrete. Please contact CTS Cement for dosage recommendations. Note: Performance will vary based on actual aggregate properties and project variables. Complete trial batches to verify performance. All data produced at 70°F (21°C).
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