We have been working with HDPE Pile Sleeves for many years to prolong the life of marine piles. Most recently we have been studying alternate solutions to offer additional longevity – whether they are old and rusting marine piles, or new installations. UHMW-PE Pile Sleeves have been used in the US for over 10 years, and we recently partnered with the manufacturer of these sleeves to carry out the first installation in the Middle East.
The sleeves are made from Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene – the toughest plastic in the world. UHMW-PE is highly resistant to corrosive chemicals, has extremely low moisture absorption and a very low coefficient of friction. The material is highly resistant to abrasion, making it an ideal material for use in marine environment. The sleeves are heat-shrunk onto piles to offer additional protection and prevent corrosion. The most common use of the sleeves is on old, rusting piles that are nearing the end of their lifespan, however they can also be installed on new piles.
We recently installed UHMW-PE sleeves on two old corroded piles at Dubai Marina Yacht Club in Dubai, in order to have a local “proof of life” of the finished product, and to also perfect the installation process before embarking on our next marina-wide installation.
The photo above shows piles in Dubai Marina Yacht Club with and without UHMW-PE sleeve. Should you be interested in seeing the installation in-person, drop us an email at [email protected] to arrange for a visit.