The name of MEYCO has a long and respected history in serving the tunneling and mining industries with both specialist equipment and materials. Now part of BASF Construction Chemicals, MEYCO Global Underground Construction offers customized solutions in a wide range of disciplines through its unique blend of innovative product technology, specialized equipment and engineering knowledge. It has been instrumental in bringing new methods and technologies to the tunneling industry, proven in laboratory and on site, to expand horizons underground.
MEYCO’S systems are involved in almost every tunneling procedure from excavation and ground preparation to special linings, including injection grouting, aids to efficient TBM excavation, backfilling of cavities, sprayed concrete for support, and linings for fire protection and waterproofing. All these are supported by unrivalled MEYCO international and local service to meet the needs of customers in introducing new methods, tackling problems and improving efficiency. By integrating with you, our customers, from project start-up, your success is assured.
With most underground projects now on the fast track, and of relatively short duration, our customers need smart solutions rapidly and early in the project process. Local MEYCO representatives are supported by a specialist international team that can be with you wherever and whenever needed. These expert ‘Flying Engineers’ are at your service for technical support, training, set-up and problem solving. Thus MEYCO strives to develop personal relationships with our customers through dedication to projects worldwide.
Economical pre-injection of the ground ahead of an excavation with MEYCO microcements counteracts the risk of unexpected water ingress. Where post-injection, soil stabilization or structural repair are still required MEYCO BASF has a complete menu of products and technical support to suit the problem encountered.
Products include RHEOCEM® microcements, and resin products including acrylics and polyurethanes (PU). The MEYCO MP355 range includes 1- and 2-part PU and urea-silicate foams. MEYCO MP320 is a stable, mineral-based grout that is non-hazardous and ecologically friendly.
Our total solution approach brings new dimensions to TBM operation, bringing more success in challenging ground conditions, whether in soft or hard material. MEYCO BASF products can be used at groundwater pressures of up to 4 bar. MEYCO’S TBM product range includes SLF soil conditioning foams, SLF P soil conditioning polymers, Rheosoil anti-clay agents for EPB and slurry-shield machines, TSG tail sealant, new main bearing sealing grease, ABR anti-abrasion agents and dust suppression for hard rock excavation, and annular grout admixtures.
For support aspects of bored tunnel construction MEYCO supplies the latest in pre-cast segment and cast in situ lining admixtures, mould release agents, curing agents fibers additives and repair materials for more durable tunnel structures. For sprayed concrete lining from within the TBM assembly we make modular, custom-designed robotic spray manipulators and pumps for hard rock support.
The famous MEYCO range of machines for concrete spraying include systems for both the wet process, together with a manipulator, and dry-mix systems. Standard units include robotic systems but tailor-made machines are also available for special requirements.
In great demand as a service to customers is the availability of used equipment in many areas. Systems are fully documented for operation, safety and maintenance.
To complement MEYCO concrete spraying equipment there is a range of products to meet the increasing demands for high quality, durable sprayed concrete produced with lower health risks and less negative influences on the environment. The widespread acceptance of permanent sprayed concrete linings for underground excavations includes state-of-the-art single-shell structures.
Key products include:
MEYCO® SA alkali-free liquid and powder accelerators for early and long-term strength;
GLENIUM® superplasticizers for very low water/cement ratio with high and extended workability;
Delvo®crete hydration control admixtures for prolonged workability;
MEYCO® TCC bond improving admixtures;
plus silica fume and steel & polypropylene fibers.
The damaging effects of fire and external water can be minimized by MEYCO’S spray-on membrane linings.
MEYCO® Fireshield 1350 provides a thermal barrier to prevent explosive concrete spalling with no reduction in concrete strength, and no loss in reinforcement tensile strength during a fire. The product is tested at TNO to Dutch Tunnel Fire Load Requirements and features a compressive strength higher than that of conventional fire barriers, long service life, full bonding without reinforcement, and variable thickness to suit expected fire loads. It is applied by the MEYCO Robojet Logica system to a tolerance of +4mm.
Where external water could be a long-term problem BASF has developed a spray-applied waterproofing membrane called MASTERSEAL® 345 that suits the irregular shapes of excavations and can be applied in a sandwich lining construction between sprayed or cast concrete shells. High bond strength with concrete or steel facilitates the construction of single-shell linings whilst eliminating potential water paths.
MASTERSEAL 345 is safely applied using dry powder spray pumps at rates around 100m2 per hour with two operatives. Curing takes place within a few hours. In a sandwich structure the lining can resist water pressure up to 15 bar.
MEYCO provides efficient after-sales services vital to the construction industry. A worldwide network backs up our products and claims with total competence. A full range of datasheets details the applications, methods of use and safety precautions for each product whilst application area publications cover Sprayed Concrete, Waterproofing, Injection, TBM, Fire Protection and Mining.