Infrastructure and road construction, special buildings

  • Embankments and ramparts

    Embankments and ramparts

    Nature proposes – we adapt.

    The lightweight foam glass granulate from MISAPOR is recommended as an ideal problem-solver in embanking and the construction of protective walls. Particularly for ground with a low load-bearing capacity MISAPOR offers adequate and cost-effective solutions. The low and stable weight provided by optimum water drainage reduces or prevents substrate deformation. What is more, MISAPOR does not react to freeze-thaw changes and thus effectively guards against the effects of frost.

    Features

    • Reduction or prevention of subsidence and other types of deformation damage to nearby structures
    • Reduction or avoidance of measures to replace soil
    • Reducing construction time
    • Minimising the impact nature
  • Backfilling

    Backfilling

    Never under pressure.

    Whether it is for light ballast, backfilling or relieving loads – MISAPOR always offers the optimum solution. The innovative one
    The construction material is not only ultralight (from 115 kg/m3), it is also stable in weight due to very good seepage capacity. Thus MISAPOR foam glass was used, for example, for the Durchmesserlinie C cross-city line in Zurich. MISAPOR makes building easy. Due to its low weight it is suitable for light fills of all kinds, for landfills, embankments and backfills, as well as for pedestrian and trafficked areas.

    Features

    • Low and stable weight without water intake
    • Rapid water discharge due to excellent longitudinal and transverse drainage
    • Easy and quick installation
    • Resistant to freeze-thaw cycles
    • Fire-resistant to class A1
    • Rot-proof, inert and durable
    • Fit for traffic already during installation
    • Does not roll, backfilling with excellent angle of friction
    • MISAPOR dispenses with the need for a concrete slab to distribute the load on the traffic-bearing lightweight cover.
    • Easy and quick installation
    • Transport volumes up to 90 m3 bulk per lorry, which saves on time and money
    • Very strong and durable resistance to pressure and deformation
  • Increasing the width and height of embankments

    Increasing the width and height of embankments

    Nothing easier than that!

    Widening and raising of existing roadways or embankments is problematic if the subsoil settles more under the load of the new side fill or top fill. Differences in settlement and entrainment settlement occur in the cross-section of the existing embankment, which can lead to changes in the transverse slope and to longitudinal cracks in the superstructure. By using foam glass fills for widening and raising, one can reduce the base pressures and resulting different degrees of settlement, and entrainment settlement, in the existing embankment (source: Information Sheet of the Road and Transportation Research Association FGSV, 2016 issue).

    Features

    • Low and stable weight without water intake
    • Rapid water discharge thanks to excellent longitudinal and transverse drainage
    • Easy and quick installation
    • Resistant to freeze-thaw cycles
    • Fire-resistant to class A1
    • Rot-proof, inert and durable
    • Fit for traffic already during installation
    • Does not roll, backfilling with excellent angle of friction
    • MISAPOR dispenses with the need for a concrete slab to distribute the load on the traffic-bearing lightweight cover.
    • Easy and quick installation
    • Transport volumes up to 90 m3 bulk per lorry, which saves on time and money
    • Very strong and durable resistance to pressure and deformation
  • Remediation of settlement damage

    Remediation of settlement damage

    Alternative solutions with lightweight forms of construction using MISAPOR foam glass

    Stable absorption of dynamic loads on poor ground – here too the solution is MISAPOR. The foam glass relieves the subsoil while also keeping maintenance costs to a minimum.

    The low load-bearing capacity of the substrate leads to a risk of
    deformations and limited fitness for purpose
    of roads and traffic areas, leading to high subsequent costs. MISAPOR foam glass granulates offer a combination of properties which enable a form of construction that is around 10 times lighter, and thus greatly reduces or completely eliminates these risks.

    The Information Sheet M SGS of the FGSV which was published at the end of 2016 is ranked in the category Regulations 2 and shows possible applications for foam glass fillings in the substructure of roads and traffic routes, and provides information on their use in line with the current state of technology.

    Features

    • Low and stable weight without water intake
    • Rapid water discharge thanks to excellent longitudinal and transverse drainage
    • Easy and quick installation
    • Resistant to freeze-thaw cycles
    • Fire-resistant to class A1
    • Rot-proof, inert and durable
    • Fit for traffic already during installation
    • Does not roll, backfilling with excellent angle of friction
    • MISAPOR dispenses with the need for a concrete slab to distribute the load on the traffic-bearing lightweight cover.
    • Easy and quick installation
    • Transport volumes up to 90 m3 bulk per lorry, which saves on time and money
    • Very strong and durable resistance to pressure and deformation
  • Railway lines

    Railway lines

    The railways ride with us.

    MISAPOR foam glass often solves several challenges at once in civil engineering and road construction. Low weight, high compressive strength, strong load-bearing capacity – and all this in just a single work step. That's something you don’t often see.

    The railway also likes it, because MISAPOR holds its own under the tracks. For example in Seewen the connecting tracks were underlaid with a lightweight filling of specially pressure-resistant MISAPOR in layers of 30 cm. A fleece was also added to prevent it from mixing with other materials.

    Our solutions to meet the specific challenges are as flexible as the requirements Of course, the processing is still very simple, fast and convenient.

    Features

    • Tried and tested for road bases on poor ground
    • Ideal for light aggregates with the highest of load requirements and dynamic applications of force
    • Extremely high stability
    • Extraordinarily good long-term settlement characteristics
  • Canal Construction

    Canal Construction

    Around the pipe - MISAPOR

    Installing pipes frost-proof and saving on excavation thanks to the thermal insulation? Avoiding heat losses from remote heating pipes. MISAPOR has developed the usual simple system for this.

    Even a small covering with cellular glass is sufficient to protect pipes reliably against frost. With the appropriate dimensions, heat losses can be so substantially minimised that coating pipelines is no longer necessary. In addition, MISAPOR protects the pipes against damage from rodents.

    Features

    • Insulating and frost-proof
    • Independent of the depth of frost
    • Quick and easy installation
    • Protects pipes from rodents
  • Quays and ports

    Quays and ports

    As a lightweight backfill, MISAPOR is the ideal solution for the construction, renovation or extension of port basins, river banks or port facilities. The innovative building material is ten times lighter than conventional variants and thus reduces the pressure on the construction to a significant degree. MISAPOR is also able to withstand the seasons. MISAPOR has excellent drainage properties and can massively reduce the hydrostatic pressure on the quay walls.

    Features

    • For tidal rivers and streams, MISAPOR avoids hydrostatic pressure on the quay wall thanks to its high drainage capacity.
    • Resistant to freeze-thaw cycles, salts and other aggressive substances
    • Reduces the horizontal pressure against the existing infrastructure
    • Allows a reduction of the reinforced concrete portion in the quay wall
    • MISAPOR is resistant to rodents
    • Long-lasting and inert
    • Fit for traffic already during installation
  • stone chip protection

    stone chip protection

    MISAPOR GREENLIGHT for Rockfall X from Geobrugg

    Highway A9 at the Simplon Tunnel is to undergo a general overhaul. This will include comprehensive upgrading of the galleries and of their protection against natural hazards such as rockfalls and avalanches. The new standard governing the demands on constructions with respect to the impact energy to be absorbed is authoritative for this effort. Initially requiring 300-500 kJ, the standards have become significantly more stringent. Today, an overhaul must allow impact energies of up to 1,900 kJ to be absorbed.

    A lighter and more impact-absorbing MISAPOR was used for the first time for the Simplon Tunnel in Gabi: MISAPOR Greenlight. The performance of the 2290 damping modules installed was improved in two respects as a result: MISAPOR Greenlight relieves the damping modules with 30% less weight, and at the same time improves the system's "crumple zone" by means of a longer absorption path. The forces exerted by any rockfall are absorbed even better, optimally protecting the construction.

  • GREEN EMAS ZURICH AIRPORT

    GREEN EMAS ZURICH AIRPORT

    GREEN EMAS (Engineered Material Arresting System) is being used at Zurich airport - a first for Europe.

    On runway 28-10 in Zurich, Green EMAS complies with the new FAA safety regulation for the safety areas at the end of the runway (RESA). The GREEN EMAS ensures that aircraft overshooting the limited length of runway 28-10 at Zurich airport on landing can braked in a controlled manner without endangering passengers or damaging aircraft.

    MISAPOR produces a special cellular glass gravel that forms the core of this system according to Runway Safe's specifications. The properties of the MISAPOR Special EMAS gravel are no longer comparable with those of the conventional MISAPOR gravels. The more than 4,000 m3 of cellular glass gravel has to meet strict specifications with respect to weight, sieve curve, and compressive strength in order to ensure the desired absorption effect.

  • Sound-absorbing wall made from MISAPOR

    Sound-absorbing wall made from MISAPOR

    Although Misapor mainly made a name for itself with thermal insulation, this environmentally compatible material is also perfectly sound-absorbing. At Frick, on the Zurich-Basel railway line, the all-round solution in front of a residential building absorbs the sound of the trains thundering past. The tidy stone wall cuts a striking figure. With a height of just 120 cm and a width of 80 cm, the attenuation is approximately 40 db.

    As in most of the Mirapor applications, the structure is quite simple. First, a standard concrete foundation was built for the steel reinforcement baskets. The anchored baskets were filled with layers of Misapor 10/75. Cement mortar was poured into the core to give additional stabilisation and sound insulation.