Glass fiber-reinforced polymer caissons used for construction of mooring dolphins in Puerto del Rosario harbor (Fuerteventura, Canary Islands)

J.D. Garcia-Espinel, R. Alvarez-Garcia-Luben, J.M. Gonzalez-Herrero, D. Castro-Fresno

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Abstract

GFRP caisson technology was developed for construction of two mooring dolphins in Puerto del Rosario (Fuerteventura, Spain) in a more environmentally friendly way than traditional solutions. The construction technique marks a milestone in civil engineering because of its highly innovative nature that will significantly reduce time and complexity of construction operations. Glass fiber and gel-coated UV-protected epoxy resins were used to build a cylindrical structure of 12 m diameter and 13.3 m height, filled with granular aggregates and topped with a 2 m concrete slab, where mooring bollards were fixed. GFRP caissons were manufactured in a factory in Jerez (Spain), transported by ship to the Canary Islands, assembled on site and launched into the sea with a light crane. The construction and environmental advantages include: savings of 75% in CO2 emissions and 90% reduction in the need for construction surfaces. Economically, the GFRP caisson solution was competitive compared to the original project solution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-25
Number of pages10
JournalCoastal Engineering Journal
Volume98
Early online date28 Jan 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Caisson
  • Composite
  • Mooring dolphin
  • Glass fiber

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