Stronger. Durable. Resilient
The coastline has been always submitted to a particular collision of forces, where salty water and waves erode and damage the elements. This is becoming an increasing problem now that climate change is creating a higher uncertainty regarding the return periods and if the existing structures are ready for this change. Thus, the upgrade of many port and maritime infrastructures could be convenient, but the investment required and the doubts regarding the future climate conditions are a barrier. UHPC is a cost-efficient solution for many of these problems. With a proved wearing strength, compacity and performance under cracked state, this material allows to protect existing structures with thin layers, increasing their lifespan with a limited investment.
- Protect an existing structure is relatively fast, as the thickness of the UHPC layers is reduced and easy to install or pour.
- Significant impact and wearing resistance. A thin layer of UHPC is ready to stand the waves, the feces of the seagulls or the traffic of the heavy trucks.
- These applications on existing structures are more sustainable than other more invasive measures. If instead of a refurbishment a new UHPC structure is proposed, its environmental impact is more reduced as it requires up to 70% less material than a concrete structure.