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Zero Corrosion Sheet Pile Elements with Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer Bars

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






Project "PRECOPAL" data sheet

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postcode: 36100
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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 71˙429 €
 EC max contribution 50˙000 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.2.1.5. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - Advanced manufacturing and processing)
2. H2020-EU.2.1.3. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - Advanced materials)
3. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
4. H2020-EU.2.1.2. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies – Nanotechnologies)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-1-2016-2017
 Funding Scheme SME-1
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-11-01   to  2018-03-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    SIGMA C SUD IT (VICENZA) coordinator 50˙000.00


 Project objective

Steel sheet piling (SSP) is the dominant solution in the deep foundation industry (followed by precast concrete sheet piles). It presents relatively high mechanical performance and consists a light (in comparison with concrete) and affordable solution. However, SSP faces significant corrosion issues and has a maximum life expectancy of 50 years. Moreover, the interlocking system between the adjacent pile elements has minimum insulation and as such, permeability issues may arise. Finally, piling is taking place through vibration, which can cause structural disturbance in the nearby construction and noise levels of up to 90db(A)

PRECOPAL is a pioneering sheet piling solution, consisted of Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer bars, covered by high strength concrete (90MPa). Our solution is steel-free, with zero corrosion issues. Each pile is connected with the next one with an innovative hollow cylindrical joint system, made of PVC, which minimizes water permeability. Moreover, we have developed a vibration-free piling process, through a high pressure waterjet system. As a result, we have created a sheet piling technology with double life span (100 years) and double cost efficiency than the existing solutions.

Through this project, we aim to reach annual revenues of €11.6 million after the fifth year of commercialization, and create at least 17 new job positions. With a Phase 2 investment of €1.36M, this would imply a Return of Investment of 3.84.

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