Erosion Management Using The Cost Effective, Ecologically Sound Ecoflex E Rosion Control System

Ecoflex E Rosion Control are patented systems that use recycled material to achieve engineer designed structures for control of water erosion, for an average 20% less cost than traditional systems.

E Rosion Applications

  • Storm Water Drainage Channels
  • Scour Protection Mats
  • Wing Walls
  • Head Walls
  • Drop Structures

E Rosion Control

  • Lower Cost
  • Technical Performance
  • Sustainable Technology

Ecoflex E Rosion Control are patented systems that use recycled material to achieve engineer designed structures for control of water erosion, for an average 20% less cost than traditional systems.

E Rosion Control projects are constructed using a unique adaptable container – The Ecoflex Unit. Derived from quality controlled recycled tyres, this low cost unit uses the high tensile strength of a tyre to form an incredibly strong containment device. When filled with free draining rock, this container becomes a circular, permeable unit that can be combined in various cellular arrangements to perform as a durable barrier against water erosion.

A range of aesthetic treatments are also available to ensure the systems blend in with their surrounding environments.

Engineering Properties of the Ecoflex Unit

  • Speed and ease of construction delivers low cost outcomes
  • Permeable rock infill acts as an energy dissipater to improve flow characteristics
  • Durability of structures is well in excess of the most stringent design requirements
  • Easy to dismantle, remove & reuse for temporary structures

Ecoflex E Walls and Scour Protection Mats at Blandford, NSW

Figure 1. Ecoflex E Walls and Scour Protection Mats at Blandford, NSW

Taking Advantage of E Rosion Control

Ecoflex Australia licenses construction firms to use the E Rosion Control system. The E Rosion Control cost advantage enables E Rosion Control licensees to win more business and/or increase their margins for suitable construction projects.

Technically Effective

Applications

  • Mines Roads
  • Road & Rail Embankments
  • Flood plains & water courses
  • Permanent or temporary works

Permeable

  • Improves flow characteristics
  • Designed for water velocities of 6ms-1
  • Reduces/eliminates expensive drainage systems

Construction Speed

  • Lay Faster than Conventional – Shorter Project Duration
  • Labour Saving
  • Lower Plant & Machinery Cost

Environment

  • Proven safe and beneficial to the environment
  • Reduces production of virgin material

Tested & Proven

  • Testing done by independent experts
  • Each Project Designed & Certified by Professional Structural Engineers

Ecoflex Technology has been Used or Assessed for Engineering or Environmental Performance by:

  • TUNRA
  • Ecolabel (AELA)
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff (PPK)
  • GHD
  • SMEC
  • Marsen Group
  • HLA Envirosciences
  • Leighton Holdings
  • Landcare
  • Sinclair Knight
  • Energy Australia
  • CSG Engineers
  • Australian Technology Showcase
  • Australian Centre for Construction Innovation (UNSW)

Cost Effective

The E Rosion Control system is cost effective at every stage in the design and construction process. The construction process is faster and of lower cost because the recycled materials are themselves low in cost and is easily installed. The net result is a durable erosion control structure that costs less to build – as much as 20% less than conventional technologies.

Head and Wing Wall for culvert at Dungog, NSW

Figure 2. Head and Wing Wall for culvert at Dungog, NSW

Sustainable Technology

The Problem

Australians dispose of 18 Million used tyres every year. The vast majority of these end up in landfill sites or illegally dumped – a 100% waste of valuable resources and a significant use of limited landfill volume. Because waste tyres degrade extremely slowly in landfill they represent a long term cost to the environment.

The Solution

Ecoflex turns a used tyre into a valuable resource. By recycling used tyres Ecoflex not only solves the disposal problem but reduces the environmental cost of virgin products. The decision to solve water erosion problems using E Rosion Control, rather than using product made from virgin products, has the effect of saving both total energy required and the resulting greenhouse gases required to produce virgin material.

Ecoflex is accredited under ISO 14001 – the International Standard and is also certified by the Australian Ecolabel Program.

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Ecoflex International.

For more information on this source, please visit Ecoflex International.

 

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