The advent of coronavirus has struck a significant blow to economies worldwide. If the virus is ever contained it is predicted that governments may have to stimulate economies in a manner comparable to the Marshall Plan following the Second World War. Such stimulus spending would involve the construction of major bridges, wharves and concrete structures.
For high value concrete infrastructure, it is necessary to protect the concrete. Where there is the possibility of entry of salt from ocean spray or de-icing salts it is imperative that concrete is impregnated with high quality silane to limit water and salt penetration. In the past the protection material of choice has been liquid silane but this has the drawbacks of flammability and run off into waterways. Scientists at Tech-Dry have developed a silane cream (Solid Silane) which penetrates deeply into high quality concrete and restricts migration of water and salt (chloride ions). This method extends the lifetime of high value concrete infrastructure and therefore saves public funds.