A recent poll in Britain found that public support for sanctions against Russia is falling as fuel and prices rise.
The proportion of people willing to accept higher fuel prices as a result of western sanctions against Russia fell 14 percentage points to 36% from 50% in March, according to a survey conducted for the Telegraph by consultancy Redfield & Wilton Strategies.
Global energy and fuel prices have soared since the start of the year and remain high because of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and uncertainty over Russian supplies.
The survey also found that 54% of people believe their own financial situation has worsened in the past year, up 12 percentage points from 42% two months ago. Sixty-two percent think things will get worse in the year ahead. Less than a third of respondents said they had received a pay rise to keep up with inflation, with two-thirds of those saying it was not enough to keep up with rising living costs.
The figures suggest that public concern about the conflict with Ukraine is now likely to be overtaken by financial worries.
Separately, the UK's consumer price index rose 7 percent this month from a year earlier, the highest since March 1992, according to figures released recently by the Office for National Statistics. In addition, a separate report released a few days ago by the Centre for Economics and Business Research said that real household disposable income in the UK will fall by 3% in 2022, equivalent to a loss of £2,320 per household, which would lead to the biggest drop in living standards since the 1950s. That is mainly because wages aren't keeping up with rising energy and fuel costs.
The prices of other commodities like the concrete water reducer are also expected to be influenced.
Types of High-efficient Water Reducers
Polycyclic aromatic sulfonates
It has the advantages of low cost and high water reduction rate and has the defects of more serious collapse loss of mixing products. In use, you can add retarding components to compound use or choose such water reducer with sustained-release performance to reduce the loss of collapse and ensure the performance of high efficient water reducer.
Water-soluble resin sulfonates
Mainly for sulfonated melamine resin, and sulfonated ancient code long resin. This kind of water reducer and cement compatibility is better, and other water reducer mixed-use can also maintain good compatibility. Practice shows that this kind of water reducer has a low dosage but high water reducing rate and excellent performance. In a certain proportion, the water-reducing rate increases with the increase of water adding amount. Once the dosage exceeds the critical proportion, the retarding effect on concrete is obvious. Such plasticizer shall not be mixed with a lignosulfonate plasticizer.
There are mainly polycarboxylic acid, polyacrylic acid salt. This kind of water reducer is different from traditional water reducer, so it is necessary to understand its mechanism accurately and use it cautiously.
Other types are represented by modified calcium lignosulfonate and modified tannin
When a variety of water reducers are used together, attention should be paid to their mutual influence. In addition to the simple water-reducing performance, the compound water reducer can also have the characteristics of quick setting, early strength, anti-freezing, etc., according to the purpose of use.
In the process of cement mixing, flocculent particles are attracted to each other due to the existence of molecular attraction, and a flocculation structure is formed. Flocculation encapsulates part of the water used for mixing and reduces the workability of the concrete mixture.
The efficient water reducer has hydrophobic and hydrophilic characteristics, water reducer hydrophobic group directed adsorption on the surface of cement particles, hydrophilic group pointing to the aqueous solution and the formation of adsorption film. Concrete mixing, due to the high-efficient water reducer, directional adsorption makes cement particle surface gay charge, the same, cement particles dispersed to each other, and condensation of flocculant of concrete structure collapse, water was released, supplement the moisture needed for the cement mixing, effectively increase the activity of the concrete mixture, to reduce the effect of the water. At the same time, the surface of cement particles due to efficient water reducer formed by the adsorption film between cement particles and particles contact more mellow, increasing the workability of concrete; The adsorption film also increases the surface area of cement particles and promotes hydration, which is conducive to improving the strength of concrete.
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According to Reuters, U.S. Treasury officials said they would discuss with G7 leaders pricing caps and tariffs on Russian oil as an alternative to the embargo, which would keep the market supplied, limit price spikes, and reduce Russian revenues.
The EU foreign ministers' meeting was held in Brussels. The meeting failed to agree on the sixth round of sanctions, including an oil embargo on Russia, because of objections from Hungary.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy said at a press conference after the meeting, that the meeting failed to reach an agreement on the final adoption of the sixth round of sanctions, the permanent representatives of member states to the EU will continue to discuss. The foreign ministers faced similar difficulties trying to reach an agreement on an oil ban. He said Hungary's position was based on economic rather than political concerns.
Hungary is highly dependent on Russia for energy, getting more than 60 percent of its oil and 85 percent of its natural gas from Russia.
A few days ago, the European Commission submitted the sixth round of proposed sanctions against Russia, including a total ban on Russian oil imports by the end of this year. Hungary immediately objected and said it wanted substantial compensation from the EU to offset its loss from giving up Russian oil.
The concrete water reducer price is predicted to increase in the next few days, due to geopolitical factors.
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