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Composite Advantage has won the CAMX Combined Strength Award for its fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) wicket gate.
The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) recognised Composite Advantage and its collaborators the US Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL), West Virginia University and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Rock Island District for teamwork that used composite material to solve a problem.
Wicket gates are movable dams which help maintain a navigational pool in a river. The gates are raised during periods of low water. Composite Advantage’s FRP wicket gate is the first composite navigational structure to be used by USACE. In 2015, the supplier designed and fabricated three 16 ft long, 4 ft wide, 8 inch thick FRP wicket gates for installation at the Peoria Lock & Dam on the Illinois River, Creve Coeur, Illinois. The composite product replaced traditional chanoine-type wicket gates made of white oak, a costly, diminishing natural resource.
According to Composite Advantage, FRP wicket gates are 40% less on a first cost basis and provide a lifespan of more than 50 years. Conventional wood gates have a lifespan of approximately 15 years. FRP’s corrosion resistance makes maintenance minimal.
Composite Advantage’s FRP product has been sourced by USACE in the 2018 budget for the LaGrange and Peoria Lock & Dam locations along the Illinois waterway. USACE is projecting a material and labour costs saving of $18.6 million over the next 50 years at these sites.
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