Hydro-Brake Optimum Sets New Standard for Vortex Flow Controls

Written by: , 3 Apr 2012

Hydro International is launching the Hydro-Brake OptimumTM, a new vortex flow control that represents a major advance in vortex technology.  Hydro-Brake OptimumTM promises to set new standards in design versatility and hydraulic performance in drainage and sewerage systems.

The Hydro-Brake OptimumTM dispenses with the need to choose from a range of sizes and types and instead offers built-in flexibility to size each unit for absolute fit.   From now on, one type of Hydro-Brake®, the Hydro-Brake OptimumTM, will perfectly balance flow rates and surface water storage requirements to suit each drainage project without compromise.

Hydro’s existing range of Hydro-Brake® Flow Controls already provides significant savings in surface water storage over conventional flow controls.  Now, the Hydro-Brake Optimum™ offers up to a further 15% saving when compared to other vortex flow control devices.

By saving on surface water storage, Hydro-Brake OptimumTM therefore promises outstanding savings in excavation costs and frees up more land for building to maximise the developers’ Return on Investment.  Hydro-Brake OptimumTM has received independent accreditation for its performance and design from both the BBA and WRc.

Designing the ‘optimum’ Hydro-Brake® is made possible with the help of Hydro’s unrivalled technical support services.  Via a dedicated Hotline, Hydro International’s full-time design team are available to provide detailed technical support during both design and installation.

“Hydro International first pioneered vortex-control technology in the 1980s and has been advancing the technology ever since,” said Alex Stephenson, Director of Hydro’s UK Stormwater Division. “It’s no secret that other products on the market are based on Hydro technology and that specifiers often nominate a Hydro-Brake ‘or equivalent’.

“In future it will be particularly important for designers to stress to contractors that there is no direct equivalent to the new Hydro-Brake OptimumTM.  It can be tempting for a contractor to try to change from the flow control you specified, but in the case of Hydro-Brake OptimumTM this would result in a change of the engineered performance and could even lead to liability if a development floods.”

The ultimate flexibility in Hydro-Brake OptimumTM unit sizing enables fine-tuning according to the site priorities.  For example, it may be important to maximise hydraulic performance or to choose a more compact design to account for site constraints such as pipe diameter or for chamber retrofit.

New adjustable inlet plates are available to provide up to 20% alteration in the forward flow rate, to provide clients with the option of future-proofing against climate change or site-modifications. The new Hydro-Brake OptimumTM also offers up to 20% larger clearances than other vortex flow controls leading to a reduced risk of blockage.   Manufactured out of high grade Stainless Steel, Hydro-Brake OptimumTM is able to withstand the forces of even the most intense storm event without deforming.

Backed by Hydro’s ongoing commitment to technological development and R&D, the new Hydro-Brake OptimumTM will help designers and specifiers to meet the requirements of the proposed new National SuDS Standards in England and Wales, as well as corresponding regulatory requirements in Scotland and Ireland.

For more information about the new Hydro-Brake OptimumTM call the Hydro-Brake® Hotline on 01275 337937, email enquiries@hydro-international.co.uk or visit http://www.hydro-int.com/uk/products/hydro-brake-optimum.


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