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Concrete Admixtures

Hydroxyethylcellulose HEC Powder CAS No. 9004-62-0

Appearance: White powder
N.W.: 25 kg/bag
HEC powder is an effective thickener and binder for cement paste and mortar. Incorporating HEC into mortar improves flow and workability, and extends water evaporation time, improves initial concrete strength and
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What is hydroxyethylcellulose?
Hydroxyethyl cellulose is a non-ionic ether prepared from natural polymer cellulose through chemical processes. It is an odorless, tasteless, non-toxic white powder or particle that can be dissolved in cold water to form a transparent viscous solution, which is not affected by pH. It has the properties of thickening, bonding, dispersion, emulsification, film formation, suspension, adsorption, surface activity, water retention, and salt resistance.

Product Speclficatlons of Hydroxyethyl cellulose

Type TRE-3W TRE-5W TRE-10W
Loss on Drying 6.00% 6.00% 6.00%
Ash content ≤ 6.0% ≤6.00% ≤ 6.0%
PHvalue(1% solution) 6.0-8.5 6.0-8.5 6.0-8.5
Viscosity(1%, 25℃)mpa.s 1501-2600 2601-3400 3401-6000


Physical and chemical properties of Hydroxyethyl Cellulose HEC Powder

1. HEC powder is soluble in hot water or cold water, and high temperature or boiling does not precipitate, so HEC powders have solubility and viscosity properties and are non-thermal gelatinizing;

2. Hydroxyethyl cellulose is non-ionic and can co-exist with other water-soluble polymers, surfactants and salts over a wide range.

It is an excellent colloidal thickener for solutions containing high concentrations of dielectrics;

3. HEC has twice the water-holding capacity of methylcellulose, providing better flow regulation;

4. HEC has the least dispersing ability but the most colloid-protecting ability compared to the recognized methylcellulose and hydroxypropylmethylcellulose.


Hydroxyethyl Cellulose Application

1. For waterborne emulsion paints: HEC powder can be used in vinyl acetate emulsion polymerization to improve the stability of the polymerized system over a wide pH range.

Additives such as pigments and fillers are uniformly dispersed, stabilized and provide thickening in the production of the finished product.

HEC powders are also used as dispersants for suspension polymers such as styrene, acrylates and acrylics.

Its use in emulsion paints greatly improves their thickening and leveling properties.

2. In oil drilling: HEC is used as a thickener in a variety of muds required for drilling, cementing, cementing, and fracturing operations to give the mud good fluidity and stability.

It improves mud-carrying capacity during drilling, prevents a large amount of water from entering the oil reservoir from the mud, and stabilizes the oil reservoir production capacity.

3. Construction building materials: Hydroxyethyl cellulose HEC powder has strong water retention capacity and is an effective thickener and binder for cement paste.

Mixed into mortar, it can improve the fluidity and construction performance, prolong the water evaporation time, improve the initial strength of concrete, avoid cracks.

When used in plastering, bonding and plastering putty, HEC can significantly improve its water retention and bonding strength.

4. Application in toothpaste: As HEC has strong salt resistance and acid resistance, it can ensure the stability of toothpaste.

In addition, toothpaste has strong water retention and emulsification, not easy to dry.


5. For water-based ink, HEC powder can make the ink dry quickly and impervious to water.


Precautions for Using HEC Powder

Hygroscopicity: All types of hydroxyethyl cellulose HEC have hygroscopicity. The water content is generally below 5% when leaving the factory, but due to the different transportation and storage environments, the water content will be higher than when leaving the factory. When using it, just measure the water content and deduct the weight of the water when calculating. Do not Expose it to the atmosphere.

Dust powder is explosive: if all organic powders and hydroxyethyl cellulose dust powder are in a certain proportion in the air, they will also explode when they meet a fire point. Proper operation should be done to avoid generating dust powder in the atmosphere as much as possible.


Packaging and storage of Hydroxyethyl Cellulose HEC Powder

Hydroxyethyl cellulose is packed in film coated plastic bags with net weight of 25 kg.

Avoid rain during storage and transportation.

Fireproof and moisture proof.


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