Concrete cooling is critical because high curing temperatures for concrete can result in reduced strength and performance. As such, concrete cooling becomes essential—and there are many methods and systems for cooling the concrete.
For example, construction professionals can leverage cold water tanks, ice plants, ice storage bins, and ice delivery and weighing. For many concrete cooling projects, contractors can also use two methods of aggregate cooling with water, which include wet-belt applications and flooded-aggregate silos. Another method is aggregate cooling with air, which involves blowing cool air in a continuous stream through the aggregate silo.
Increasing demand for concrete cooling systems from the Middle East region and regions that have high temperatures and require large amounts of concrete are projected to drive the growth of the market in the future.
A report by MarketsandMarkets explores the growth of the concrete cooling market. The global concrete cooling market was valued at $936 million in 2015 and is projected to reach $1.7 billion by 2026, at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 5.7 percent from 2016 to 2026.
The water-cooling segment is projected to be the fastest growing segment in the concrete cooling market, by type, during the same 10-year period. This growth can be attributed to the easy availability of water in most regions across the world. Water cooling is also an easy-to-use, cost-effective method of concrete cooling, which makes it widely acceptable across regions.
The highway construction segment accounted for the largest market share in 2015. This large share can be attributed to the regions that have a hot climate. Local geography, climate and architectural design of the highway being constructed are some of the key factors that are to be considered while selecting the type of concrete cooling system.
As infrastructure projects and urbanization grow, the concrete cooling market will show no sign of cooling off.