The Fifth Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, (CFB Gagetown) is a Canadian Forces Base and training facility located in southwestern New Brunswick. It was built in 1958.
CFB Gagetown is a combat training centre and home to Land Force Command where brigade and division-sized armoured, infantry, and artillery units exercise. The principal units of CFB Gagetown include the Fifth Canadian Division, the Fifth Canadian Division Support Group, the Second Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment and The Fourth Engineer Support Regiment.
The concrete floors of the maintenance facilities at CFB Gagetown have been subject to severe mechanical abrasion for years from heavy armoured vehicles, tools and equipment used in routine service and maintenance. Having lost operational efficiency from the deteriorated floor surfaces, the Armoured Vehicle Services Bay was hazardous for both people and equipment. The facility had to be taken out of service while the existing slab was removed. Hard-Cem was presented to the 3 ASG Engineer Branch at CFB Gagetown as a concrete durability solution that would protect the service bay from deterioration.
Hard-Cem’s full-depth concrete hardening extended the service life of concrete in high-traffic areas subjected to long-term abrasion from vehicle wear. Since Hard-Cem is fully compatible with conventional admixtures and can be used in any mix design, it allowed the designer to incorporate additional admixtures for a superior abrasion-resistant concrete floor. The 8″ (20cm) reinforced slab was poured with 5000psi (35 MPa) concrete.
By using Hard-Cem to increase load carrying capabilities and mechanical functionality, the facility required fewer repairs, and was cleaner and safer. The newly-constructed abrasion-resistant floor was a cost-effective durability solution in the long run.
Based on the success of the CFB Gagetown project, HardCem was repeat specified at the Canadian Forces, 5th Canadian Division, Support Base Gagetown for a 7900 m2 / 85,000 ft2 Light Armoured Vehicle (LAVIII) Facility Expansion.
Note: Tracked vehicles maintained at CFB Gagetown incorporate rubber treads to reduce point load impact on concrete. Hard-Cem is not a replacement for steel wear plates/rails, which are the most prevalent wear mitigation design features used in concrete flatwork directly subjected to tracked machinery traffic. Hard-Cem concrete has been successfully used in tracked equipment facilities where rubber treads, steel plates or rails were used to resist direct wear from the tracked equipment.
Hard-Cem is an Integral Hardening Admixture used to increase Abrasion and Erosion resistance of concrete. Hard-Cem is added to the concrete at the time of batching to increase the hardness of the concrete and extend concrete wear life. It outperforms and overcomes deficiencies of labor intensive surface applied hardeners, and is used to enhance durability...