Initial Cure Period

Definition - What does Initial Cure Period mean?

The initial cure period is defined as the minimum time required for concrete to cure once it is placed and proper finishing is complete. Initial cure period is also defined as the minimum amount of time taken by any material to reach its optimum modulus viscosity at a specified temperature so that bonding of the adhesive material can start and it can gain complete bonding strength once the material is fully cured.

The initial cure period may also be known as the initial cure time.

Corrosionpedia explains Initial Cure Period

In contrast to the cure time, which is the time that a material takes to fully cure, the initial cure time or initial cure period refers to the minimum amount of time taken by the material to initiate a curing period such that binding of the adhesive material begins. Once binding is complete, a material becomes fully cured.

A series of chemical reactions occur during the cure time. These chemical reactions allow materials to set, harden and develop traits. Cure time is usually associated with concrete, because concrete hardens over time until it reaches the end point.

During the initial cure period the concrete material will not have gained sufficient strength and hardness to bear a load because the binding material has just begun to cure. In such situations if a load is put on the concrete, it will become prone to fractures, cracks and brittleness.

The temperature and ambient moisture affect concrete curing. Hot weather weakens the concrete while it is curing.

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