In collaboration with a number of European parties, FiberCore Europe developed SUREbridge: a circular solution in which a composite FRP deck is placed on an existing concrete bridge.
More and more bridges and viaducts no longer meet the wishes and requirements of our time. Stronger structures are required due to more and heavier traffic. The outdated structures require costly maintenance and must be demolished or rebuilt. That is not a sustainable solution, say Strukton Civiel and FiberCore Europe. In collaboration with a number of European parties, the two companies developed SUREbridge: a circular solution in which a composite FRP deck is placed on an existing concrete bridge.
With the use of SUREbridge the bridge not only becomes stronger, the bridge can also be widened. Strukton Civiel and FiberCore Europe have carried out several tests: all information gathered shows that SUREbridge is a perfect alternative for renovating existing outdated concrete bridges.
SUREbridge: the benefits
Due to a shorter construction time there is less inconvenience for road users and local residents. The bridge also has a longer lifespan with virtually no maintenance required. Existing bottlenecks can be remedied by upgrading and widening the bridge. The bridge thus meets the current standards for heavier traffic. By preventing demolition and extending the lifespan SUREbridge offers a sustainable solution and a reduction in CO2 emissions. And finally, construction costs are lower, which is good for the budgets.
Developed in a European context
SUREbridge stands for Sustainable Refurbishment or Existing Bridges. The method has been developed in collaboration with ten European countries, the United States and the European Commission. FiberCore Europe worked with Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden), University of Pisa (Italy) and AICE Consulting S.R.L. (Italy) to develop SUREbridge.
More information: www.fibercore-europe.com
Fig.1: Strukton and FiberCore offer a circular solution for strengthening outdated bridges