The shape of a tetrapod (four flattened cones joined by their bases at an angle of 109°) has been known to people for a long time, but it was patented and used as a breakwater only since the mid-XX century. This structure dissipates the strength of coastal waves and is ideal for the construction of breakwaters that every seaport must have. Tetrapods reliably protect the coastline from disastrous waves and prevent erosion and landslides. They are easy to install and don’t require any sophisticated construction machinery.
Today we will tell you about tetrapods that will protect the Black Sea coastline of sunny and warm Abkhazia. In this picture, you can see steel moulds for T-5 tetrapods manufactured by M-Konstruktor, as well as the finished concrete products. The weight of a concrete tetrapod is 5 tonnes. It is the weight of the breakwater that ensures its stability on the coastline. The weight is calculated with consideration of many factors: crashing power of waves, wind, undertow, etc.
The series of tetrapods known to us is wide and has more than 10 different weight categories, from 0.7 tonnes to 50 tonnes. Special attention is paid to the concrete mixture, which is chosen based on the aquatic environment in which the tetrapod will keep its watch.
Steel moulds made by M-Konstruktor allow the production of high-quality tetrapods. All of the connected elements fit tightly to each other minimizing the leakage of the concrete mixture. If quality vibration is provided, the finished product will be smooth and poreless and demountable mould will guarantee easy demoulding process.