THERMOMASS Installation Overview
The following guide details the general concepts involved in the THERMOMASS installation process for both tilt-up or precast construction.
Please contact Composite Global Solutions for answers to any questions or for full installation instructions for your project. You can download a pdf version of this installation overview here.
Step 1: Exterior layer of concrete is poured
The bottom layer of concrete is placed in the forms. This begins once the forms have been secured and the surfaces cleaned and treated with a bond release agent. Reinforcing has also been placed.
The reinforcing for this exterior (and usually thinner) face is typically SL52 or SL62 (or steel fibres) to control shrinkage during curing, with 8mm rebar for robustness.
Note: The next three steps (steps 2, 3, and 4) are critical.
Step 2: Insulation is installed
THERMOMASS installation now commences. The pre-drilled foam sheet insulation is then placed directly over the concrete that has just been poured.
This should be done immediately after the bottom layer has been consolidated and leveled to thickness,
but in any event, within 15-20 minutes after placement of the concrete to ensure the mix is still plastic.
Step 3: Fibre composite connectors are installed
The fiber composite connectors should immediately be inserted through the pre-drilled holes in the
installed foam sheet insulation.
Step 4: Concrete is consolidated around the connectors
The concrete around the connectors should then be consolidated. Walking on the insulation near each row of
connectors and applying foot pressure on each side of the connector can do this effectively.
This will cause the still fluid concrete to flow into the notch in the bottom side of the connector.
Additional consolidation can be achieved by vibration of the bed in precast/pre-stressed plants.
Note: Step 5 can proceed immediately. If step 5 can’t be executed immediately, the process should wait until after the lower layer of concrete has set.
Step 5: Interior layer of concrete is poured
The top layer of concrete is then poured after necessary reinforcement has been placed.
This will become the inner (structural) layer of concrete for the finished panel.