Oklahoma City-based Advanced Chemical Technologies Inc. (ACT) has developed mixtures and new methods of application for readily available chemicals that have helped make Oklahoma a leader in using organo-silanes for the infrastructure protection market.
Organo-silanes are organic chemicals where at least one carbon atom has been replaced by a silicon atom. The replacement of carbon by silicon alters the reactivity of the molecule to make it penetrate and then to react with infrastructure substrates such as concrete, limestone and masonry to form a protected surface.
Since providing the first silane-based product to protect a bridge structure more than 40 years ago, ACT has been a leader in the waterproofing market due to its innovative approach and focus on this industry segment. The company also was the first to protect a nuclear power plant with silane. ACT has received 15 U.S. and Canadian patents for its products that have been used worldwide to protect concrete and masonry structures from the destructive forces of water, salt, ion, and chemical pollutant ingression.
The company products penetrate into the concrete forming a chemical bond to the internal surfaces of the structure, while not altering the vapor permeability of the concrete. This creates a barrier to water and salt intrusion, which reduces the corrosion of the reinforcing steel. Further, the structure is protected from acid rain and it resists freeze thaw damage.
ACT’s products are specified by most states’ departments of transportation and are used nationally and internationally to protect concrete and masonry structures. Its products have been used to protect the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Project – one of the largest bridge projects in the world.
The company’s reputation in the industry has resulted in the selection of its product by the New York State Department of Transportation for its maintenance program. In addition, the company was recently awarded a grant through the Oklahoma Applied Research Support program of OCAST to develop a system to heal bridge cracks.
Over forty years ago Advanced Chemical Technologies, Inc. (ACT) provided the first silane based product to protect a bridge structure. This bridge was located near Tulsa, Oklahoma. It did not take long for other competitors, both foreign and domestic to enter this market. However, from that time forward ACT has been a leader in the waterproofing market due to our innovative approach and our focus on this industry segment. We were the first company to protect a nuclear power plant with silane. Our products have been used worldwide to protect concrete and masonry structures from the destructive forces of water, salt, ion, and chemical pollutant ingression.
Our product was used to protect the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Project, one of the largest bridge projects in the world. Our products are specified by most state’s Departments of Transportation, and are used nationally and internationally to protect concrete and masonry structures. Our history and status in this industry has resulted in the selection of our product by the New York State Department of Transportation for their maintenance program. From Long Island to Buffalo, and New York state bridges in-between, they use our product as an ongoing preventative maintenance solution.
Our products stand apart from similar products in the market due to ACT’s commitment to quality and product support. We begin is a basic alkyltrialkoxysilane that has faster reactivity than some competitive products, resulting in faster drying time. Faster drying time translates into bridge decks closed for shorter periods during the treatment process, saving time and money for the state entity protecting the deck and keeping traffic diversion to a minimum.
Additionally, we provide technical support in all areas of our products including, but not limited to, safe handling, proper application, and environmental impact.
Our success in this industry has culminated in our recent award of a research grant by the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) to develop a new system to heal bridge cracks. We are dedicated to this research not only to provide a profitable product for our company but also, to provide a product that will make a significant contribution to Oklahoma and the nation to protect our vital transportation infrastructure. ACT is also honored by being named among The Journal Record’s 2007 Innovator of the Year nominees.
Capitalizing on our established brand name, ACT will expand our current product lines into every applicable market, both foreign and domestic. Capitalizing on our expertise at research and development we will provide new products that meet the emerging demands of our customer base.
We are committed to providing the finest products of their kind in the industry. We are committed to “protecting the world’s infrastructure”.