Gabion Baskets and Reno Mattresses

 

Gabion baskets and Reno mattresses are rectangular wire mesh baskets available in various sizes and dimensions.  They are filled with rock and linked together, thus creating a strong, permeable, flexible structure.  The gabions are manufactured from heavy gauge double-twisted hexagonal steel wire mesh. Heavier wire also provides reinforcement along the edges.  This prevents them from collapsing if the wire is cut or broken.

Since gabion baskets and Reno mattresses are easy to assemble, they require no skilled labor.  They can also be filled with material already onsite.  As a result, there is no need to purchase additional fill – a cost-effective option for your project.

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Wire Types

Selection of gabion basket and Reno mattress wire is based upon both the application and jobsite conditions.  Below is a list of uses for each wire type.

Galvanized – double-twisted hexagonal steel wire mesh which is galvanized zinc coated prior to being double-twisted into mesh.  The fasteners and lacing wire are also made of the same zinc coated wire.

  • Dry conditions, not submerged below water level
  • Non-corrosive soil or water applications

PVC Coated – double-twisted hexagonal wire mesh made from the same steel galvanized zinc coated wire with an additional Poly Vinyl Coating (PVC).  The fasteners are also stainless steel and the lacing wire is the same PVC coating as the mesh.

  • Wet conditions, submerged below water level
  • Use in corrosive soil or water applications

Galfan – double-twisted hexagonal steel wire mesh with  Zinc/Aluminum or Galfan coating.

  • Wet conditions or submerged water applications
  • Oceanic applications
  • Extremely corrosive soil or water applications

Gabion Basket Sizes

Gabion Unit Size Capacity (cubic yards) No. Internal Cells
6’ x 3’ x 3’ 2 2
9’ x 3’ x 3’ 3 3
12’ x 3’ x 3’ 4 4
6’ x 3’ x 1.5’ 1 2
9’ x 3’ x 1.5’ 1 ½ 3
12’ x 3’ x 1.5’ 2 4
6’ x 3’ x 1.5’ 2
9’ x 3’ x 1’ 1 3
12’ x 3’ x 1’ 1 ⅓ 4

 

Tolerances: All gabion dimensions shall be within a tolerance limit of plus or minus 5% of the manufacturer’s stated dimensions. Unit sizes are length x width x depth.

Reno Mattress Sizes

Reno Mattress Unit Size Capacity (cu/yd) No. Internal Cells
9’ x 6’ x 6” 1 3
12’ x 6’ x 6” 1 ⅓ 4
9’ x 6’ x 9” 1 ½ 3
9’ x 6’ x 12” 2 4
9’ x 6’ x 12” 2 3
12’ x 6’ x 12” 2 ⅔ 4

 

Tolerances: All Reno mattress dimensions shall be within a tolerance limit of plus or minus 5% of the manufacturer’s stated dimensions. Unit sizes are length x width x depth.

Applications

Products that can withstand environmental  stresses such as channel or foundation shifts, soil pressure and impact of high velocity waves are essential to the success of a project.  Due to the flexibility of the wire, the gabion baskets and Reno mattresses settle, twist and conform to the changes in the land.  In addition, the strength of the wire contains the fill material while resisting the pressures put upon them.  Consider using a geotextile as a separation layer or inside to reduce the amount of fill.  Vegetating gabion baskets and Reno mattresses also makes them a good choice for bioengineering projects.

  • Mass gravity retaining structures
  • Mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls
  • Vegetated slope reinforcement
  • Slope stabilization
  • Slope reinforcement
  • Channel lining and channel relocation
  • Slope and bank protection
  • Shore and stream bank protection
  • Weirs, groins, and jetties
  • Drop structures
  • Culvert outlet scour pads and headwalls
  • Bridge abutments
  • Erosion control
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Disclaimer: These guidelines are for informational purposes only and are intended as illustration or general information only and are not intended as a guarantee or warranty. IWT assumes no responsibilities in connection with the use of this information.