Self Closing Flood Barrier (SCFB) - Van den Noort Innovations BV
The Self Closing Flood Barrier SCFB, a unique effective flood defense system to protect people and property from inland waterway floods caused by heavy rainfall, gales or rapid melting snow. This system has been developed in the Netherlands to provide optimal protection against extreme high water levels. The barrier systems have proved to be the best flood protection and has already been built and installed in several countries around the globe. In operational use globally since 1998, the SCFB™ is acclaimed as the world`s most effective flood protection system. The success can be attributed to the simple, but ingenious concept of using the approaching floodwaters to automatically raise the barrier; effectively using the problem to create the solution. With an unblemished 100 track record the SCFB™ is a highly favorable preference when specifying optimal and cost effective but passive flood defence.
Rapid onset flooding usually causes the greatest damage due to the lack of time to deploy the more traditional type of manually operated floodgates and 'demountable' systems, typically stored off site, and requiring human intervention. The SCFB™ overcomes all the issues associated with these older- generation flood defences, and has the considerable advantage of not requiring any intervention during a flood warning,
This makes the SCFB not only reliable but also the most economical flood barrier in the long-term. Training people and testing barriers request a lot of manpower and for every job there must be at least two reserve men which must also be trained. The SCFB request no manpower and for testing the barrier very few people are required. Also unnecessary setting up of the barrier will no longer be necessary.
Because of the short closing time the barrier will only comes up when there is a flood situation. No unnecessary falls deployment is needed. So the area remains accessible until the last moment.
The SCFB™ is not energy driven and operates without any human intervention and gives 24/7 a full 100% protection. Even when there is a power outage the SCFB™ will raises instantly though the rising water level.
In resting position the SCFB™ is invisible and fully self-protected at the location in the ground. No storage elsewhere and transport is needed in case of testing or a flood situation.
With a design life of 100 years, and requiring minimal maintenance, the SCFB™ is not only an extremely effective flood defence system, but it makes a strong economic case too. With zero operational costs the SCFB™ has none of the high on-going expenditure associated with manually operated systems. All applied elements represent the highest quality, with an unlimited time length. The recommended frequency for maintenance and testing of a flood barrier is once or twice a year. The SCFB can be connected to the main water supply ore filled by a pump. By filling up the pit the barrier is lifted automatically and ready for inspection, so this is a one-man job.
Rapid onset flooding usually causes the greatest damage due to the lack of time to deploy the more traditional type of manually operated floodgates and 'demountable' systems, typically stored off site, and requiring human intervention. The SCFB overcomes all the issues associated with these older- generation flood defenses and has the considerable advantage of not requiring any intervention during a flood warning, which would otherwise put lives at risk. The SCFB underwent more than 70 tests; these tests included static load, dynamic load, buoyancy force, sand and gravel tests, duration tests (35 days) extreme cold temperature tests, earthquakes tests, and obstruction tests. These tests concluded that the barrier never stayed stuck and rose in all tests. The SCFB remained watertight in all tests. The system is made of very durable materials designed to at least for 100 years and remains virtually maintenance free of many years.