Terrafix erosion control blocks ®
Terrafix is an interlocking environmentally acceptable element made of high strength concrete. It was specifically designed to provide a flexible lining where cost-effective protection against wind and water erosion is required. Terrafix blocks are available in three different thicknesses and can be laid in a variety of configurations to suit most site conditions.
1. Embankments and slope stabilisation:
Road and railway bridge abutments can be protected against wind and water erosion with good effect, and erosion problems or aesthetic considerations of embankments and cuttings can be effectively countered with the TERRAFIX system. Protection is offered to a varying degree by allowing the choice of appropriate laying patterns and thicknesses.
2. Riverbank and shoreline protection:
Sites subject to wave erosion may be protected with TERRAFIX. The lining can be strengthened with ground anchors or made impervious by employing partial or total concrete or mastic grouting. Hydrostatic pressure relief openings must be provided where necessary.
The system lends itself to providing an effective lining for river banks, canals, reservoirs and lakes. Under such circumstances it is essential to carefully design a suitable filter underneath each structure in order to prevent leaching of fine soil particles. Woven or non-woven geotextiles are considered to be most suitable.
Erosion at the toe of the bank is prevented by continuing the lining to below the anticipated depth of scour. Below the waterline, cells should be filled with coarse material and, above normal waterline, with topsoil. Graded rock or woven/non-woven geotextile filters are to be provided where necessary, to prevent leaching of fine soil particles.
3. Stormwater control and spillways:
The elements are used for lining dam spillways and sloping weirs, storm water attenuation ponds or downstream aprons. They are also ideal for lining water courses of varying sizes from small ditches to large canals. In designing such structures a roughness coefficient of 0.04 (CERC 1984) has to be assumed.
A feasibility study into the hydraulic applications of the TERRAFIX system by the division of Earth, Marine and Atmospheric Science and Technology of the CSIR has revealed very positive characteristics. A copy of this report is available on request. Information contained in this brochure is furnished as a guideline only. The responsibility for correct utilisation, design and construction shall rest with the controlling engineer or contractor. For best results and technical advice, contact our recommended contractors. For hydraulic applications, the CSIR can also be approached.