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Archive for June, 1997

Replacement Of Wexford Bridge (No. 4 Nov-97)

The 383m long Wexford Bridge has been replaced by a new superstructure during a 10-week road closure period, commencing on the 15th September 1997.

The original seven span prestressed concrete balanced cantilever bridge showed excessive chloride ion content in the concrete resulting in serious corrosion of reinforcement and prestressing anchors together with lamination and spalling throughout the bridge.

Wexford Bridge - Composite Deck

Wexford Bridge – Composite Deck

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Bridge Bashing (No. 3 Apr-97)

Bridge designers and maintainers will be interested to hear about the new draft Eurocode on Impact Loading. The British Standard has recently substantially increased the force for which bridge piers must be designed to account for the possibility of impact from errant vehicles. Read the rest of this entry »

A Most Important Structure – The Skeleton (No. 3 Apr-97)

According to Darwinian evolution, the skeleton has evolved over millions of years to become efficient for delivering mechanical energy and for load support. The skeleton has many interesting design features: it is lightweight, it is able to sustain repetitive loads (fatigue resistance) and it can withstand impacts – most of the time. Some say it is an optimal structure, but optimal for what? For running around the forest? For driving a car? Read the rest of this entry »