Dykes and dams have proven to be tremendously useful in helping us to control the ebb and flow of the waterways we depend on, but sometimes, not even our infrastructure is enough to contain the tenacity of waterways. To this end, spillways and other overflow functions of dykes and dams are often in place to help divert excess water away, to prevent tremendous hazards that can come with forceful water velocities and building pressure systems.
But spillways and overflow implementations aren’t as simple as you might realize and they themselves require a tremendous amount of engineering to ensure the safe jettison of water away from the dyke or dam, while also diverting water successfully to an area that is equipped to deal with the overflow. This isn’t even to address the construction and design of spillways themselves, which must be able to withstand immediate facilitation in a dam’s time of need, without buckling or eroding under the pressure of tremendous water velocity.
All of this is to say that modern dykes and dam overflow structures greatly benefit from materials that are designed to combat heavy exposure and erosion, which is where closed cell cable concrete comes in.
The facets of closed cell cable concrete
Because closed cell cable concrete can be easily clamped together to provide one homogeneous erosion protection system, it has become an ideal standard for spillways. With the closed cell concrete anchored in place with high tensile strength earth anchors, an encompassing model for the spillway can be formed, without risk of erosion or failure that can be attributed to poorly constructed spillways.
More than this, however, closed cell cable concrete can be tailored to the design of any spillway and easily accommodates any size spillway that may be required, from small offshoots that control basic dykes, to massive spillways accommodating hundreds of thousands of gallons of water per minute.
The key to closed cell cable concrete is the closed cells themselves, which impede erosive properties that are quick to compromise spillways constructed of lesser materials. Water is able to flow over the cable concrete with no impediments, thus allowing water to be smoothly transitioned into overflow areas.
Stopping a problem before it starts
With closed cell cable concrete in place, dyke and dam spillways are more apt to preventing problems before they occur, as opposed to those that are constructed with lesser materials or improperly accommodating designs. As an example, spillways designed with cable concrete can accommodate quick release overflows that may result in heavy damage to lesser-prepared spillways, which can shift, erode or fail under catastrophic pressure.
As the need for more innovative spillways come into question and the reassessment of major dykes and dams in recent years, closed cell cable concrete is emerging as a leading material for upgrades and implementations, making it a truly valuable asset when it comes to protecting our waterways and those developments that may be at risk from failing waterways.