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RESEARCH CONDUCTED IN 2010 ON THE ELCOROCK COASTAL EROSION SYSTEM OUT-PERFORMS EXPECTATIONS.

ELCOROCK is an Australian developed world-leading beach erosion protection system, where sand filled geotextile containers are used to form groynes, shoreline revetments or breakwaters.

Research during January 2010 at the Geosynthetic Centre of Excellence into the ELCOROCK coastal erosion system installed in 2001 at Maroochydore has proven the durability of the system. These groynes were the first structures to use the unique vandal-deterrent geotextile developed for the harsh coastal environment. The results showed a minimal loss of strength despite being exposed to the Queensland sunlight and cyclones through the decade.

This research is important, as it confirms the systems resistance to UV exposure and abrasion from sand.

The use of the vandal deterrent system was essential to the structures performing so well over the decade. The results confirm a life expectancy of over 20 years for structures built using the vandal-deterrent geotextile containers.

The in-service exhumation project supported the accelerated UV exposure testing conducted over the past year, where international laboratories tested the ELCOROCK system for 6,000 hours in high ultra-violet radiation, humidity and temperature to accelerate weathering. This is 40 times the international standard for geotextile accelerated UV testing of 150 hours.

The ELCOROCK coastal erosion system has been supported by extensive R&D over the past 15 years, including extensive stability testing at the Manly Water Research Laboratory in 2009.

The images below are other examples of recent coastal protection installations in Australia

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