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HDPE Coated Woven Gabions Mattresses

Gabions shall be manufactured from a hexagonal double twist woven wire mesh (sometimes also referred to as triple twist).

Mesh Size
Mesh openings shall be of nominal dimension of 80mm (mesh type referred to as 80 × 100 mm or 8 × 10 or type 8).

Corrosion Protection
Wire shall be zinc coated to BSEN10244-2;2001 an additionally coated with an extruded UV stabilized HDPE coating of nominal radial thickness of 0.5 mm.

HDPE coating:
Density 0.942.
Bimodal high density jacketing for communication and power cables, UV stabilized, colorable.

Mesh Wire
2.70 mm wire diameter core for the mesh fabric and 3.4 mm wire diameter core for sledge ends, all to BS 1052.

Diaphragms are to be provided along the length of the unit at 1 m intervals except for a unit length of 1.5 m which does not have a diaphragm.

Gabions shall be provided with lacing wire 2.2 mm wire diameter core of the same corrosion protection as with mesh fabric for assembly of the units. Triple life "C" rings fixed with pneumatic closing tool (1 clip every other mesh opening) can be used as an alternative to continuous lacing.

Gabion Fill
Gabion fill shall be a hard durable and non frost susceptible (rock, stone or clean crushed structural concrete) having a minimum dimension not less than the mesh opening 80mm and a maximum dimension of 200 m.

Gabions should be unfolded from the pack and formed into the box shape.

The units are then assembled with continuous lacing wire or "C" rings, a row of units are then joined together and require tensioning longitudinally prior to filling.

All gabion fill shall be packed tightly to minimize voids and the gabion fill on the exposed face of the gabion is to be hand packed.

Gabions are to be filled in 1/3rd height layers for 1 m deep units and half height layers for 0.5 m deep units. At no time should adjacent cells differ in filled height by more than 1 layer.

Internal windlass bracing ties (formed from the lacing wire) 4 per 1 square meter at 1/3rd points vertically and third points horizontally on 1m deep units and at mid height and at third points horizontally on 0.5m deep units. End cells require units to internal windlass ties in both directions.

Units shall be overfilled by 25 to 50 mm filled such that the mesh lids bears onto the gabion fill. The lid shall be wired down on all joints and across the diaphragms.

Notes on extruded HDPE v extruded HDPE PVC coatings

Properties of polymer coatings
Property Extruded HDPE coating Extruded PVC coating
Oxidation resistance Excellent Excellent
Heat resistance Excellent Good to excellent
Oil resistance Good to excellent Fair
Low temperature resistance Excellent ( -135 deg C) Poor to good (-40 deg C)
UV resistance Excellent Good to excellent
Ozone resistance Excellent Excellent
Abrasion resistance Excellent Fair to good
Elongation 700% 280%
Tensile Strength Min 30 kPa Min 16 kPa
Resistance to chemicals
Property Extruded HDPE coating Extruded PVC coating
Water Excellent Fair to good
Acid Excellent Good to excellent
Alkali Excellent Good to excellent
Fuel Good to excellent Poor

The properties and chemical resistance of the Extruded HDPE coating is superior compared to the traditional Extruded PVC coating. The application of the HDPE coating for gabions represents a significant step forward in ensuring the durability and performance of the corrosion protected afforded.

A common problem with Extruded PVC coatings on woven wire mesh is that during manufacture (when the wires are twisted together) work hardening of the PVC coating takes place combined with the inferior of elongation properties of the PVC coating splitting of the PVC coating occurs reducing the long term durability of the product.

With the Extruded HDPE this problem is considerably reduced due to the greater elongation properties of the polymer coating splitting of the Extruded HDPE.

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