Can you provide input on the applicability of the shotcrete placement method for the structural repair of existing concrete walls? These walls (two) are conventionally reinforced, 31 feet in height and are parallel with a clear spacing of 5′-0″. There length is 150 feet. Structural repair is required at many locations that have experienced spalled concrete with corroded reinforcing bars. Depth of repairs will range from 2″ to approximately 6″. Concrete substrate will have exposed aggregate with a significant amplitude. From a production and cost viewpoint, shotcrete appears to be more applicable than a form and pour or form and pump repair method.
From the limited info given, it sounds like an ideal shotcrete application. But, with many caveats, such as: TOTAL deteriorated substrate removal, thorough removal of all aggregate/substrate that may have been fractured during removal of deteriorated concrete (heavy sandblasting and/or high pressure washing), using a replacement concrete mix with similar properties as the original, thorough cleaning or removal and replacement of corroded rebar, etc. It is suggested to discuss this with a shotcreter in the area that has experience with a similar application. It is also recommended to review related ACI and ICRI publications.
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