A synthetic polymer formulated for fine dust and erosion control
AquaTarp is spray-on, solvent-free water and surfactant-based emulsion of latex polymer. It is specifically designed for easy application onto roads and exposed materials experiencing dust and/or erosion issues.
This dust control polymer is particularly ideal for stockpile capping. It can also be used as a durable, low maintenance pavement for lay-down areas such as loading bays, workshops or areas with heavy forklift use.
What is a surfactant?
Surfactants (or wetting agents) are formulated to reduce the surface tension of water when used for dust suppression.
Ratio feeding surfactants to water sprays in dust suppression systems for material processing and transfer points softens the water by enhancing the attraction of treated water molecules to the dust particles and increases the water droplets’ performance. Dust particles are therefore less susceptible to becoming and remaining airborne.
How does AquaTarp work?
The presence of acrylic matter in the product binds exposed materials and dust together to prevent particles from becoming airborne.
Once it has been sprayed on, AquaTarp produces a crusting effect that creates a surface seal which exhibits extremely good wind and water erosion resistance whilst also preventing dust particles from being emitted into the atmosphere as well as sediment run-off.
Longer-term ground stabilisation and waterproofing can also be achieved by establishing the product into the surface wearing course layer of a road via a stabilisation process.
How is AquaTarp applied?
AquaTarp is an extremely versatile product that is easy to handle and apply without any specialised equipment required. In order to suppress dust on roads and other surfaces, AquaTarp can be applied via a series of light dilutions using a water cart.
Once applied, the need for reapplication is minimal. Mines which typically rely on continuously spraying untreated water on haul road networks in order to control dust will dramatically reduce water usage and water cart hours by switching to AquaTarp
AquaTarp is conveniently delivered in a concentrated liquid form ready to use. It is typically diluted in a water cart at a concentration of 2.5% up to 20% depending on the specific requirement.
What are the environmental and cost benefits of using AquaTarp?
- Operational dust reductions
- Reduced sediment run-off and surface erosion
- Substantial water savings
- Safer operations due to improved visibility
- Operational cost savings and efficiencies due to a reduction in water cart operating hours
- Water repellent surface; creating less wet-weather delays due to faster surface drying times, improved wet-weather trafficability and fewer washouts
- Lower surface maintenance costs as a result of reduced need for graders & other civil maintenance equipment, plus regular replenishment of surface wearing course materials
- Safer haulage conditions due to the reduced likelihood of a vehicle losing control as a result of over-watering.
A full range of proven solutions
With well over 40 years of global research and refinement to rely on, Dust-A-Side has everything it takes – the experience, the personnel and in particular the products – to provide quantifiable results on every level.
Dust-A-Side have a complete range of dust suppression products to provide the most operationally and cost effective solution across any operation.
They can be used – effectively and economically – in a wide range of applications such as semi-permanent roads, temporary roads, underground work areas, laydown facilities, exposed areas, stockpile/embankment areas, veneering and construction areas.
Our products include bitumen and polymer based emulsions, as well as organic binders, surfactant technologies and a range of blended products. Each product is designed and developed to perform a specific task and can be applied in different ways to achieve your desired outcomes.