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Elastocoast® — Making our Coasts and Rivers Safer

Elastocoast® is a novel, intelligent polyurethane system. It is a two-component binder for revetments in coastal areas and stabilization of river banks. It is so open-pored that it deprives wave run-up of its destructive energy, thus demonstrating its strength to make shorelines and river beds substantially safer. 

An ideal revetment solution for coastal protection, Elastocoast® can also be used to restore ecology of rivers and weirs. 

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Benefits

The Advantages of Elastocoast® for Coastal Protection and River Bank Stabilization

  • Makes coasts safer
  • Porous and water-permeable
  • Reduces the cost of construction and maintenance
  • Absorbs the energy of impacting waves
  • Environmentally sound
  • Strong and with a long track record
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Revetments made with BASF’s innovative solution for coastal protection, Elastocoast®, now spans an additional 820m2 of the shoreline at Gwanme-do Beach in South Korea’s largest national park, Dadohae-haesang National Park. Learn more about the project from the video!

Coastal and Flood Protection with an Intelligent PU System

Whereas conventional technology contains rigid concrete structures that can be broken down by wave impact, frost and ground subsidence, the Elastocoast® system involves the mechanical bonding of an aggregate (crushed rock or gravel) bonded with an environmentally compatible 2-component polyurethane plastic.

Elastocoast® technology

• The porous structure between the stones withstands heavy wave impact.

• The cover layer also offers a habitat for flora and fauna.

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While protecting the coasts from floods and slowing the rate of soil erosion, the open-pored structure also provides favorable conditions for restoration of the habitat’s flora and fauna. Watch to find out more!

Applications

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Experts predict that the sea level may rise by up to 50 centimeters in the coming years as a result of global warming. Of course, no scientist can foresee when and how this rise will actually occur – or the ultimate consequences. But it does highlight the obvious need to intensify coastal protection and flood prevention activities. 

 

 

 

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Experts predict that the sea level may rise by up to 50 centimeters in the coming years as a result of global warming. Of course, no scientist can foresee when and how this rise will actually occur – or the ultimate consequences.

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Protecting over 1000m2 of revetment along the Pattaya beach resort in Thailand that was destroyed by constant high tides 

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Elastocoast® revetment in Bathpolder, Netherlands

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Elastocoast was used to protect the 1,600 m² beach at  Pranburi National Park in Thailand that was destroyed by constant high tides. 

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The local marine department in Pattaya, Thailand used  Elastocoast to protect the beach resort that was destroyed by constant high tide.  The department extended the revetment area after monitoring the project for 3 years .

 

Experts predict that the sea level may rise by up to 50 centimeters in the coming years as a result of global warming. Of course, no scientist can foresee when and how this rise will actually occur – or the ultimate consequences.

But it does highlight the obvious need to intensify coastal protection and flood prevention activities and particularly to raise the dikes. 

Another dangerous scenario is dike overtopping, since subsequent erosion on the land side inevitably results in complete dike failure. This is where Elastocoast® opens up a totally new dimension in coastal protection.

 

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Flood prevention and river bank stabilization

What has already proven successful in coastal protection can also be used on river banks and canals. The goal here is also to create a strong and near-natural revetment to consolidate shore zones and stabilize them against traffic-induced waves and – as in the case of the Elbe River – against the tides.

In waterway engineering, there is also the possibility of underwater installation where the rock-PU mix, after sufficient reaction time, is poured into the water close to the bank and compacted. The principle is just as simple as for dike construction and protects the banks from disintegration and damage due to strong currents.

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Elastocoast was used to rebuild the revetment alongside a beach near an abalone farm in Jindo, Korea. The beach was facing very high waves and damaged by a typhoon in 2011. 

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Elastocoast was used to restore the ecology of the Daecheong river in Kimhae, Korea, which was affected by the repeated collapsing and installation of concrete structure. 

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Elastocoast was used in the SanCheong ByukGye Weir located in Korea,  changing a straight concrete fishway to a natural looking curved fishway with reduced effects on the water ecology 

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Elastocoast was installed in ByukGye Weir, SanCheong, Korea, changing a straight concrete fishway to a natural looking curved fishway  

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Elastocoast helped to restore the ecology of the Daecheong river in Kimhae, Korea that was affected by strong hydraulic power of water against the original concrete structure 

Processing

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Elastocoast constructed on Dachi River, China 

The stones used have to be clean and surface-dry before being processed. This is a requirement that seems to be difficult at first sight. As other realized projects show, certain simple measures regarding handling and logistics eliminate this obstacle.

Elastocoast® consists of approx. 50% of vegetable fatty acid esters, thus renewable raw materials. In addition, due to the high porosity cavities it provides additional habitat for animals and plants. Also the Elastocoast® revetments easily integrate into the overall appearance of the landscape. Due to the transparency of the material, it is difficult to set them apart from naturally coloured rip-rap.

Before the material has completely cured, the surface should be covered with dry sand by which the visual effect is additionally adjusted and a skid resistant surface can be created.

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