Engineering Excellence: Trelleborg's Role in Enhancing the Safety of the Maeslantkering Storm Surge Barrier

In an era where engineering solutions are increasingly pivotal in mitigating natural disasters, Trelleborg has emerged as a key contributor to the safety and longevity of one of the Netherlands' critical infrastructures—the Maeslantkering storm surge barrier. Located near Hoek van Holland, this structure is a marvel of modern engineering designed to protect against flooding from North Sea storms.

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May 9, 2024

Recently, Trelleborg has significantly enhanced the barrier's resilience by installing 14 special rubber support points on each of the water-retaining doors. These supports function like robust springs, effectively absorbing the tremendous weight and kinetic energy of water during storms. This innovation is crucial for the barrier as it closes to shield the hinterland from catastrophic flooding.

The implementation of these support points is not Trelleborg's only contribution to the Maeslantkering. The company has also equipped the barrier with 248 fenders, encased within steel containers at the base of the structure. These fenders were developed after rigorous research into the mechanical properties of rubber, providing a vital mechanism for managing the immense force exerted by the closing doors during storms. Additionally, they compensate for any discrepancies in construction height, ensuring a tight and secure closure.

Operational since 1997, the Maeslantkering is part of the larger Europoort barrier system. It stands as a testament not only to advanced engineering practices but also to the importance of integrating environmental protection in infrastructural development. The barrier is controlled by a supercomputer, programmed to respond automatically to incoming flood threats, thus safeguarding the Netherlands' dense population and vital infrastructure.

For further insight into the technologies and solutions provided by Trelleborg in this project, one can explore their dedicated segments on anti-vibration solutions, infrastructural special projects, and rubber lining and coating. These resources provide a deeper understanding of how Trelleborg's innovations contribute broadly to industrial and infrastructural safety and efficiency.

Visit Trelleborg's anti-vibration solutions page for more details

Learn more about Trelleborg's infrastructure projects and applications

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