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Accropode blocks are man-made unreinforced concrete objects designed to resist the action of waves on breakwaters and coastal structures.


Accropode (1981)

The Accropode is a single-layer artificial armour unit developed by Sogreah in 1981. Accropode concrete armour units are applied in a single layer.

Ecopode (1996)

The Ecopode armour unit with a rock-like appearance was developed by Sogreah to enhance the natural appearance of concrete armourings above low water level. A patent application was filed in 1996. The color and type of rock-like appearance can be specified to match the surrounding landscape.

Accropode II (2004)

In 1999, Sogreah modified the original Accropode shape by chipping away excess materials and adding friction features in the form of small pyramids. A patent application was filed for this modified shape. In 2004 further modifications to the 1999 shape were made, resulting in the Accropode II. The shape modifications are intended to increase interlocking.


Hydraulic stability[edit]

Specified stability coefficients at design stage:

  • Hudson’s design KD values:
    • 15 on trunk sections (16 for Accropode II)
    • 11.5 on roundheads (12.3 for Accropode II)
  • Van der Meer stability number:

NS = HS/(∆ Dn50)= 2.7 (2.8 for Accropode II)


HS = significant wave height

∆ = relative mass density

Dn50 = nominal diameter

These coefficients are valid for armour slopes from 3H/2V to 4H/3V and for seabed slopes up to 3%.

The uneven surface of the Ecopode improves interlocking by friction, thereby increasing hydraulic stability.

Advanced Numerical Study[edit]

3D Numerical Simulation - MEDUS 2009

The Maritime Engineering Division of University of Salerno (MEDUS) developed a new procedure to study, with a more detailed and innovative approach, the interactions between maritime breakwaters (submerged or emerged) and the waves, by an integrated use of CAD and CFD software.

In the numerical simulations the filtration motion of the fluid within the interstices, which normally exist in a breakwater, is estimated by integrating the RANS equations, coupled with a RNG turbulence model, inside the voids, not using a classical equations for porous media.

The breakwaters were modelled, as it happens in the full size construction or in physical laboratory test, by overlapping three-dimensional elements and the numerical grid was thickened in such a way to have some computational nodes along the flow paths among the breakwater’s blocks (AccropodeTM, Core-locTM, Xbloc).


Large Accropode units are lowered into a position offshore by aid of a crane.

Fork-lifting is effective for handling the small to medium size units, whereas large units are handled by sling. Placement for breakwaters generally requires a crane or a barge-mounted crane.

The units can be stored one on top of the other, and placed in a random attitude to obtain the specified packing density. The proper packing method provides an adequate coverage on breakwater slopes.

The use of a remote-release hook is used for placing the unit, while underwater placements may be enhanced by GPS, adhering to a theoretical grid.

Diver inspecting blocks

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16 news items

Réunion 1ère

Réunion 1ère
Fri, 20 Dec 2013 07:05:55 -0800

L'accropode marquant le début des travaux de la nouvelle route du littoral est posé. Par Gilbert Hoair; Publié le 20/12/2013 | 19:05, mis à jour le 21/12/2013 | 10:48. Les blocs accropodes remplaceront les tétrapodes qui protègent la route actuelle. Le ...

Zinfos 974

Wed, 18 Dec 2013 03:19:23 -0800

La Région annonce que la pose du du premier accropode de la Nouvelle Route du Littoral est prévue le vendredi 20 décembre à 15 h00, au niveau de la bretelle d'accès RN1-RD41 - rue Raymond Mondon - à La Possession. Le préfet de La Réunion ...

Construction Week Online

Construction Week Online
Mon, 07 Apr 2014 02:56:15 -0700

A 4km breakwater will be constructed to protect the harbors by using quarried rock material of 2.5mn tons and 26,000 special protective concrete units called Accropode II. A 2.5km quay wall will be constructed by using 12,000 concrete block units in ...


Tue, 07 Apr 2015 01:13:35 -0700

Une conférence de presse organisée par l'Intersyndicale du BTP ce mardi 7 avril 2015 au niveau de l'accropode situé à proximité de l'actuel chantier de la Nouvelle route du Littoral : tout un symbole. C'est en effet à cet endroit que l'intersyndicale ...
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:48:02 -0800

Alimentés par un narguilé en air, les scaphandriers travaillent maximum trois heures sous l'eau de suite. La sécurité est le maître mot dans le milieu aquatique. Ils seront amenés à réaliser nombre de tâches dont la pose d'accropode ou de la soudure ...

Réunion 1ère

Réunion 1ère
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:26:15 -0700

Un début de travaux inauguré par la pose du premier Accropode en présence des partenaires de l'opération: État, Région, Europe, Commune de La Possession. La bretelle de La Possession, dont les travaux s'achèvent, emprunte un auto-pont qui franchit la ...
Construction Cayola
Thu, 19 Jun 2014 03:07:47 -0700

Après la pose du premier accropode en décembre 2013, et à la suite des premiers travaux préparatoires, le projet de Nouvelle Route du Littoral à La Réunion entre dans sa phase de chantier. Maître d'oeuvre du projet, Egis assurera la conception de ...
Imaz Press Réunion
Sun, 22 Dec 2013 07:26:14 -0800

Je salue en premier lieu la pose du premier accropode symbolisant le démarrage du chantier de la Nouvelle Route du Littoral, tant attendue de la population réunionnaise, ce vendredi 20 décembre 2013, en présence du Préfet de la Réunion et de Monsieur ...

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