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The use of concrete in maritime engineering - a guide to good practice (C674)

Concrete is a highly versatile, cost-effective construction material, offering not only strength and durability, but also a wide range of opportunities in terms of structural type and form, construction techniques and surface aesthetics. It has been, and will continue to be used extensively in the marineenvironment. With over £700m spent on coastal defences in the UK every year at least 15 per cent of these works include concrete in various forms.

Despite the recognised need for increasing levels of capital expenditure on concrete maritime structures, few technical guides on the design and maintenance of such structures exist. A need for consolidated guidance was identified by the UK and France, and joint action proposed to address industry requirements.

The use of concrete in maritime engineering • a good practice guide combines current information and new material authored jointly by HR Wallingford, CETMEF and Halcrow into a guide for use within the maritime engineering industry. This guide aims to distil conclusions from existing research and practical experience, develop good practice guidance on marine concrete materials selection and design, and set out guidance on pre-casting of a variety of elements.

ISBN: 978-0-86017-674-9
Author: Dupray, S, Knights, J, Robertshaw, G, Wimpenny, D, Woods Ballard, B
Number of pages: 450 (paperback)
Publisher: CIRIA
Date of Publication: July 2010