06:51 May 13, 2003
Romanian to English translations [Non-PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Construction / Civil Engineering / construction
Romanian term or phrase: stabilopod
is a huge human made concrete rock, it is used to create dikes at the sea

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4 +1articulated concrete block
Irene S.
3concrete hydrothechnic soil retention structure
Anca Nitu
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Better late than never...
Peter Shortall



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concrete hydrothechnic soil retention structure

ai putea sa-i zici asa
nu am gasit ceva mai bun
poate te ajuta si alti colegi :)

Anca Nitu
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articulated concrete block

Mircea Ulubeanu, a Romanian construction
engineer, invented what in Romanian is called "stabilopozi".
I guess the most appropriate English equivalent is "articulated concrete blocks".

Irene S.
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neutral  Anca Nitu: articulate = to separate into jointed segments (Collins) adica u articulatii, stabilopozii nu au articulatii, sorry :), altfel si concrete block e ok, dar nu tocmai clar pe problema
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  -> have you seen the pics?

agree  Ducesica: Termenul folosit in constructiile hidrotehnice este "tetrapod". Se mai foloseste si "concrete tetrapod"
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Reference: Better late than never...

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If you have ever been to a coastal city and have wondered looking at the weird shaped, identical rock-like structures spread along the entire coastline, then you are reading the right article. These mysterious looking objects that you see on the shore are not rocks dumped by aliens from some other planet, but human made concrete structures known as **tetrapods**.

Tetrapod, in Greek means "four legged." If you observe a tetrapod you will see four legs protruding from a middle structure just like a star fish. These four-legged tetrapods are nothing but concrete made structures used to prevent coastal erosion. The name has become so famous that now even the three-legged concrete structures are also known as tetrapods.

Apparently, Tetrapod blocks are a French invention, which might explain why I've never seen any in the UK.

Peter Shortall
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