Composite Advantage, a manufacturer of large fiber-reinforced parts, says that its FiberSPAN deck panels can be used to make a FRP cantilever bridge pavement system.
According to the company, fiber-reinforced pavements on bridges are gaining momentum among bridge owners due to their light weight, corrosion resistance and easy installation onto existing structures.
The panels weigh between four and 9 psf, a 20% weight saving when compared to reinforced concrete decking. Connection options include supports at piers for a small superstructure or gussets that act as floor beams at diaphragms or trusses, with railing that attaches directly to the FRP decking. The components are prefabricated for accelerated construction and lower installation costs and there are functional features such as a non-slip wear surface, drainage scuppers, grating, curbs, light posts and electrical boxes added during fabrication.
This story is reprinted from material from Composite Advantage, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.