Bayonne Breakwater

The breakwater protecting the entrance of the harbor of Bayonne (France) against stormy weather built in the ‘60s  needed repairs.  The design features a wall and a platform wide enough to accommodate the heavy duty crane required to replace and re-position the 40t concrete blocks that cover the exposed outside of the structure, blocks that wear out over time.  The authorities specified duplex EN 1.4362 stainless steel rebar with a minimum yield strength of > 650 MPa  for reinforcement of the concrete. The high corrosion resistance of grade 1.4362 will contribute to a long lifespan of the structure. The high strength level of the rebar allowed  a reduction of  tonnage required, a significant contributions to the overall economics of the stainless steel solution. In the end only 130 tonnes were needed.



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