EPS Civil Engineering Benefits

EPS offers outstanding benefits in civil engineering projects:

  • Cost-effective Void Fill and Landscaping:

    EPS has exceptional load bearing benefits capable of providing a highly cost-effective method of constructing embankments for motorways, road construction, landscaping, bridge work, abutments, retaining walls, flyovers and other civil engineering constructions. EPS can easily be contoured on site.
  • Material and Labour Saving:

    EPS is easy to handle, transport, store and cut on site without the need for heavy lifting equipment and safety measures such as protective clothing, masks or goggles. Standard size is 2400x1200x1000mm – 2.88m3 trimmed. Other dimensions available on request. EPS represents significant savings in labour and material costs.
  • Lightweight:

    EPS is 98% air – one of the lightest of all civil engineering materials at around 1% of the weight of traditional fill materials. This brings significant savings in handling, transportation and fuel costs.
  • Mechanical Strength:

    Sundolitt can supply EPS blocks in a variety of densities and compressive strengths to suit specific applications including high compressive strength for load-bearing applications. Standard design loads offered are: 7,000; 10,000; 15,000 and 20,000 kg/m2.
  • Resistance to Water Ingress

    EPS is non-hygroscopic which means it does not readily absorb or retain moisture. Samples recovered from just 200mm above the water table from a project installed in the 1970s had less than 1% water content by volume, whilst EPS which had been periodically entirely submerged showed less than 4% water content.
  • Versatile and Durable:

    EPS is rot-proof making it ideal for direct contact with earth in substructure applications. It does not require dry indoor storage and does not become friable or saturated, giving it the enduring strength essential for long-term structural integrity. According to a Norwegian Public Road Administration report “No deficiencies are to be expected from EPS fill in the ground over a normal life cycle of 100 years”.
  • Environmentally Safe and Recyclable:

    EPS is non-toxic, inert and contains no CFCs or HCFCs. EPS can easily be recycled or beneficially recovered where facilities exist. Read more about EPS in the environment.