Trelleborg discusses fender design, quality and testing at latest PIANC Working Group meeting

By Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine and infrastructure operation

Trelleborg recently addressed the importance of the design, quality and testing of marine fenders at PIANC Working Group (WG) 211’s latest session, held in Dover, UK (October 16), as it continues its drive to raise standards in fender best practice with the evolution of PIANC’s 2002 Guidelines for the Design of Fender Systems.

We’ve long supported the work of PIANC and are a proud member of PIANC’s Working Group (WG) 211. Therefore, the latest session provided yet another platform for us to share our expertise in adopting a smarter approach to fender design, manufacturing quality and testing.

At the session, Business Unit Director - R&D, Mishra Kumar, raised three key areas of discussion. The first of which was that despite a general industry-wide understanding as to what velocity factor (VF) is by definition, little has been done to educate designers, operators and owners of port infrastructure as to how VF figures are created and calculated.

Additionally, Mishra discussed how in order to truly guarantee the lifecycle and specified performance of fenders, the generation of Type Approval performance data must be independently verified by a third-party, or at least outside of the manufacturer’s control.

Finally, Mishra delivered his thoughts on the merit of Thermo-Gravimetric Analysis (TGA) in determining fender chemical composition and assuring the quality of rubber compounds in samples versus final products.

Going forward, we are very excited to continue the collective drive to establish new industry guidelines, which when available, will undoubtedly enhance fender performance and port and vessel protection.

Learn more about VF, Type Approval and TGA testing now.