Civil Engineering

Enka®LoopPile

The base layer of a concrete block mattress

    OVERVIEW

    Provides the required bonding strength between concrete blocks and the fabric base layer.

    In aquatic applications such as coastal and river-bank protection, EnkaLoopPile combines a ballast function with separation characteristics, ensuring the stability of the slope, and avoiding hydraulic pressure build up due to the permeability of the fabric between the blocks.

    FUNCTIONS
    • Immediate and permanent erosion protection.
    • Long-term durability.
    • Unique combination of ballast and filtration in one product.
    • Easy and fast installation.

    FEATURES

    • Flexibility after curing allows the structure to adapt itself in case of scour.
    • Interaction of blocks allows for thinner solution compared to rock revetments.
    • Offers a unique combination of ballast and filtration in one product.
    FEATURES
    BENEFITS

    BENEFITS

    • Easy and fast installation (all-in-one go).
    • Durability up to 100 years.
    • Cheaper than rock revetment (depending on availability of rock).
    • Better alternative for articulating block mats, gabion mats.
    Applications enabled by this product

    Dykes

    Erosion is a risk when dykes are under regular attack, while 'piping' may cause serious damage during high water. Geotextiles can be used for soil stability while 3D erosion prevention mats can be installed above water level.

    Scour & Erosion Protection

    Our products combine ballast with filtration to withstand the strong shear forces involved with underwater foundation elements such as piles, quay walls and bridge abutments.

    Technical details

    Enka-Fix is a three-dimensional woven fabric consisting of:

    • A tape woven polypropylene fabric which forms the base fabric.
    • A large number of loops standing perpendicular on the base fabric.
    • The woven fabric contains low-leach anti-oxidants and UV-stabilizers to ensure its durability in marine environments. The loops are made of stabilized PP fibrillated tapes which form a strong connection between the woven fabric and the concrete blocks. The strength of the product, which is 80kN/m, is engineered to hold the weight of the complete concrete block structure.

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