Fibre composite walers
Fibre composite walers in Brisbane riverwalk
On the coastline of Australia, boardwalks, jetties, pontoons and marinas structures operate in a very corrosive environment. This results in serious durability problems for steel and reinforced concrete. Hardwood has traditionally been used to overcome some of these problems.
In close collaboration with Brisbane City Council (BCC), CEEFC has developed a new type of fibre composite waler for use in marinas and floating walkways. The main function of walers is to tie the individual floats of marinas or walkways together. The walers are located on both sides of the floats and are generally connected to the floats by bolts or through-rods. Walers are traditionally made from steel or timber and require replacement every 10 to 15 years. Fibre composite walers are predicted to have a 50-100 year life.
Brisbane City Council
CEEFC Project coordinator(s)
Prof Gerard Van Erp
Dr Tim Heldt