Utilizing Revetment Mats to Prevent Erosion
To prevent erosions, shifting subgrades or to incite proper watershed in flood-prone areas, an articulated concrete block system is ideal. This supremely cost-effective, sustainable, durable solution is one that’s a natural fit in many areas and can be tailored and implemented to meet the unique demands and specifications of your project.
How it works
Articulated concrete block revetment mats work to stabilize the grade of the land, while also developing proper drainage pathways for water. These systems start by closing the potential for erosion between the highest and lowest points of the grade. Mats are trenched into the top slope of the drainage grade to create a termination point—it’s here that the land is blended into the revetment system. From there, the articulated concrete system defines the slope down to the base, where it’s again trenched in to create a degree of ambient bed elevation.
Once a revetment mat is in place, it provides structural stability to erosion-prone areas. Because of its articulated nature, the entire structure of the mat remains cohesive, while still allowing for natural settling. Water flow is routed through each articulated segment, where vegetation is also supported in open-cell installations.
Where it can be used
An articulated concrete block mat or a series of installations can be used virtually anywhere land grading results in erosion. This system is more frequently used in areas where land meets water. Some of the most common practical applications include:
- Boat ramps
- Bridge abutments
- Pipeline protection
- Residential waterways
- Retention basins
- Shoreline protection
- Wetland protection
The versatility of an articulated concrete block system can be attributed to is simple design and environmental compatibility. Mat systems are easily designed for unique and calculated purposes, and once installed won’t impact the ecosystem in a negative way.
Closed- and open-cell designs
Depending on the level of support demanded of a revetment mat, closed- or open-cell installations can prove useful.
- Closed-cell concrete mats offer the stability and weightiness needed to cover heavily eroded areas and those prone to catastrophic erosion and continued abuse. Embankments and channel lining frequently rely on closed-cell installations.
- Open-cell concrete offers a premier way to not only stop erosion from occurring, but also to reverse its affects via the planting of vegetation within the open cells of the concrete. This permanent solution offers sustainable erosion control and restoration.
Based on the unique demands of a revetment or erosion control project, a closed- or open-cell articulated concrete block system can work to maximize your efforts.
Learn more about articulated concrete block revetment mats
To learn more about the science behind articulated concrete block revetment mats and what makes them so highly effective in their installation across a wide number of projects, consult with the professionals at International Erosion Control Systems Inc. today! We can work with you to discuss the specifications of your project and what type of articulated installation may be required to address the situation.