Lightweight and durable fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) lock gates, stoplogs, bridges and bridge decks available from ECS Engineering
ECS Engineering has gained the rights to supply and install a range of innovative, environmentally friendly and maintenance free lock gates, bridges and bridge decks produced with the worldwide patented InfraCore® technology. These innovative products, made from fibre reinforced polymers (FRP), provide a very durable and considerably lighter modern day alternative to some traditional construction materials that are being installed by the expert engineering teams at ECS.
The Dutch company FiberCore Europe has developed a unique and standardised technology to use composite FRP material, which has market leading load bearing capabilities, up to 60 tonnes and more. This enables designers and engineers to select an alternative, environmentally friendly, low maintenance product for traditional projects and also minimise the time required to complete a project and so reduce the overall costs.
The design engineers at ECS are also using their expertise to design and manufacture stop log systems using InfraCore® technology, which will significantly reduce the weight of these products, which are normally fabricated in steel. The new FRP stoplogs will provide a more durable alternative whilst still providing the essential strength required.
With over 300 installations across Holland, Belgium, USA and even China, manufactured with a projected lifespan of 100 years, the design principles have been well proven already. The use of this innovative material is now set to take off in the UK with a well established turnkey supplier such as ECS in place.
InfraCore® Inside brings significant advantages to the construction of traditionally styled lock gates and pointing doors when compared to more traditional materials. With a very long design life and minimal maintenance requirements, superior strength in some instances and far better durability in most, FRP offers a very attractive alternative. The lead time for designing and fabricating a new set of lock gates is also relatively short, even with the choice of any colour to suit the client’s requirements.
When used in bridge design, the FRP manufacturing process allows for more complex designs such as varying cambers and non-constant cross-sections to be easily created. Once complete, the lightweight material allows more cost effective transport, better weather resistance, simplified assembly and considerably less time on site, all of which helps to minimise the project costs.
This deal will provide ECS with further options for the current offering that it provides for a number of clients including water utilities, local councils, the Canal & River Trust and the Environment Agency.