Recently, on Sinopec's annual results teleconference, the company representative answered questions about the oil prices, and said that the future trend of oil prices is still very uncertain, and it is expected to be around $100 this year and $85 next year respectively.
Sinopec, "There are many factors affecting oil prices at the moment, including geopolitics, macroeconomic trends, the implementation of the policy of OPEC+, the strength of the US DOLLAR and so on. We see a lot of uncertainty in the future oil prices. It is impossible to predict the accurate price, but a general trend could be estimated."
According to Sinopec, international institutions generally have a forecast of around $100 this year and around $85 next year in the oil prices. As geopolitical problems and other issues ease next year, oil prices will be lower than this year.
The volatile oil prices in the international market will continue to affect lots of industries and the supply of many foam concrete.
The common problems of foamed concrete are bubbling, cracking, collapse, shrinkage, and other phenomena. To treat these phenomena, the proper medicine can be found, and the cause can be effectively solved.
The main reason for the collapse of foamed cement is that the cement solidification speed is too slow. We can solve this situation from the following aspects
1. Add accelerator to improve the setting time of foamed cement
Accelerators are used in more and more concrete applications. Foamed cement has high requirements for accelerators. It is not just a fast setting but also needs to be adapted to the performance of foamed cement, and accelerators cannot be added. After affecting the foaming situation.
2 Add an early strength agent to improve the early strength of foamed cement and reduce the stress generated during the exothermic process of cement hydration. Only when these two forces are balanced can it be ensured that the foamed cement will not crack and collapse in the later stage.
3. An appropriate amount of sulfoaluminate cement can be added, which many manufacturers choose to use in winter, and the cost performance is still relatively high. However, this amount of addition should also be paid attention to. It should not be added blindly. After many customers add sulfoaluminate cement, the finished product becomes very brittle in the later stage, without toughness, low strength, and severe pulverization. So we still have to adjust according to the current situation.
4 The water-cement ratio is not suitable. Collapse, retraction, bleeding, insufficient strength. To a large extent, it has something to do with the inappropriate water-cement balance. The adjustment of the water-cement ratio is a technical activity that requires trial and error. It has a lot to do with the cement of foamed cement and the fly ash aggregate, and it needs to be practiced repeatedly according to the actual situation. In this, we can add a plasticizer to adjust the water-cement ratio. This effect is very immediate.
The above contents are some solutions summed up by Tongrun according to the reasons for the collapse of foamed cement. If you encounter other problems or reasonable solutions in the actual process, you are also welcome to communicate us.
Because of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, there is a shortage of natural gas supply. At the same time, other renewable energy sources cannot produce enough electricity, so electricity prices have soared in many countries of the world. For this reason, I assume the supply and prices of the foam concrete would keep being influenced by the high energy prices.
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