Greater Energy Absorption Capacity – Lower Installation Cost & Longer Service Life
Conventional dolphins (above, left) typically consist of a cluster of timber piles designed to take high impact loads from ferries and barges. The pile quantity in each dolphin can range from three to more than 50 piles. A single, large diameter FiberPILE (above, right) can be designed to offer comparable strength and stiffness to an entire cluster of timber piles. Unlike timber, the FRP piles will not rot and are impervious to marine borers. In addition to the maintenance savings, the initial installed cost of the large diameter FRP piles is competitive with timber dolphins because of the reduced labor/equipment costs required to drive a single pile.