UK Flood Barriers Showcases It's Approach To Sustainable, Passive Flood Defence Systems
1 June 2011, News release from UK Flood Barriers Limited
As the UK's leading provider of flood protection products, UK Flood Barriers is leading the market with its range of sustainable, passive flood defence solutions which deploy automatically using the power of rising flood water.
The Self Closing Flood Barrier (SCFB) range is extremely versatile with barriers small enough to protect a doorway, and wide enough to protect any flood vulnerable or flood critical infrastructure or community. In its most dynamic form, it can span any width and be installed across any terrain.
A major innovation on all our SCFB solutions includes the optional addition of a telemetry system, which can be linked to any communication medium advising stakeholders of the imminent deployment of a barrier. Wherever you are in the world, you can be confident that your vital assets are being protected.
Our passive automated systems require no power source to operate and are set to become the 21st Century solution to sustainable flood defence, revolutionising the construction sector in its approach to flood mitigation and helping developers to build the solution to the problem of flooding in at the planning stage.
By working in partnership with a firm of architects, we have been able to assist in gaining planning permission to build a development on a grade 'A' flood plain using a reverse engineering solution for the SCFB.
The effects of flooding and managing flood risk costs the UK around £2.2 billion each year and as the effects of climate change increases, the frequency and intensity of rainfall episodes rises in line. We are the only company in the UK able to offer permanent and sustainable solutions to the problem of protecting individual buildings and communities meeting sustainability standards in the construction industry.
'The Working Principle of SCFB'
Once the SCFB has been installed, the floating
entrenched wall consisting of polyester is
practically invisible under normal water level
conditions. The wall is reinforced by laminated
steel strips and protected by Kevlar for impact
strength. On top, a steel lid locks in the
entrenchment space under normal (non flood)
Once the water rises to approximately 10 cm
beneath the flood level, the basin of the barrier
fills up through a filling-pipe in a pit. The
polyester wall rises and floats. As soon as the
basin is totally filled, the closing surface will
"lock" the barrier into a watertight position.
Now the water can rise further without
flooding the protected area.
Once the water level subsides to a normal
level, the basin is drained through a drain pipe
with non return valves or by a pump. Once the
water has left the basin, the wall returns to its
resting position within the basin. The lid on top
of the wall then closes to prevent the inflow of
waste or debris.
For further information please email UK Flood Barriers Limited