Case Study: USACE Engineer Research Development Center

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Project: USACE Engineer Research Development Center
Location: Vicksburg, MS, United States
Project Type: Earthen Levees and Dams
Application: Erosion Control
Product Used: ARMORMAX® 75

Photo showing extreme erosion due to heavy rainfall.

Problem

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) discovered that its Rapid Repair Levee Breach (RRLB) facility was deteriorating due to sever, rain-induced erosion. The RRLB facility, a part of the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), was designed to assist the USACE in determining practical and scientifically accurate engineering methods for evaluating the most challenging applications of flood protection materials.

Solution

This problem needed to be fixed immediately and after much research, a solution was found with Propex's ARMORMAX® 75 Engineered Earth Armoring Solution™. ARMORMAX® 75 consists of a High Performance Turf Reinforcement Mat (HPTRM) and Engineered Earth Anchors that work together to lock soil in place and protect against hydraulic stresses. This solution would provide the greatest and longest-lasting protection against further erosion.

Photo showing ARMORMAX 75 installation to provide protection against further erosion.
Photo of Greenbrier Creek Reservoir slope stabilization in progress.

Solution

 

Photo showing completion of project with ARMORMAX 75 and fully vegetated installation.

Performance

Over just 2 days, more than 5,000 square yards of ARMORMAX was installed to prevent both basic and extreme erosive forces. The installation is fully vegetated and maintains its integrity despite heavy equipment traffic from regular mowing.


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