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Use of Articulating Concrete Block Revetment Systems for Stream Restoration and Stabilization Projects
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Paper number 032034, 2003 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.13758) @2003
Authors: D. Wade Anderson
Keywords: Articulated Concrete Block Systems, Channel Stabilization, Erosion Control, Stream Restoration, Revetment, Grade Control, Slope Protection, Scour
A variety of natural and man-made materials may provide erosion protection in stream
restoration and stabilization projects. One of these products is an articulating concrete block (ACB)
revetment system. An ACB Revetment System is a matrix of interconnected concrete block units
installed to provide an erosion resistant revetment with specific hydraulic characteristics. The
individual units are connected by geometric interlock, cables, ropes, geotextiles, geogrids, or a
combination thereof, and typically overlay a geotextile for subsoil retention. An ACB revetment
system may be used to provide permanent erosion protection where vegetation and other soil
bioengineering practices are not stable for the design event. Typical applications of the ACB
revetment system may include entire channel cross section protection, toe and lower side slope
protection, grade stabilization structures, and other high energy environments.