Each connector is designed to be strong enough to rein the concrete pontoons or floating breakwaters in lateral direction whilst giving structural relief to the same bodies by allowing for horizontal movement, thereby operating like giant hinges.
With a long pier and long waves, the strong restriction to horizontal movement when using normal connectors, requires relief of torsional tension. In the SF Marina connector range the solution to this challenge is to introduce the centre connector. This is normally used every three units in a longer pier structure.
Over the years many designs parameters have been embodied in our present connector range design; ease of fitting, ease of replacement, maintenance schedule, spare part minimization to mention a few. Between the stainless half circle housings of two adjoining pontoons/ breakwaters, a horizontal rubber cylinder is placed. The rubber absorbs shocks and keeps the bodies away from each other during heavy loads.
From one connector box, on through the rubber cylinder and into the connector box on the next pontoon wires are led and securely fastened with two nuts on each end. Today each wire used in our connector range has corrosion- preventive grease encapsulated inside a shrink rubber housing, prolonging lifetime significantly compared to unprotected wires. After expected lifetime each wire can be replaced one at a time without any need to disconnect the pontoons.
The SF Marina connector range deals with all kinds of different configurations, such as L and T configurations. With the addition of more wires it can deal with larger pontoons and higher loads, still being well within empirically found calculation models. Adopting the empirically developed technique, today any angle can be connected by using the well tested