DSM, Fibercore, Heijmans cooperate on composite bridges

Contractor used DSM resins and Fibercore composites expertise to build a 140m-long composite bridge over the A27 highway in The Netherlands.

Bridge manufacturer FiberCore Europe, infrastructure company Heijmans, and DSM reported on Nov. 15 that they have started working together to introduce composite lightweight bridges in new road construction projects. The companies installed a new 140m/459-ft heavy traffic bridge over one of the busiest roads in The Netherlands.

Interference with traffic was said to be minimal during the installation, which was directly linked to the low bridge weight. Bridges made from composite materials have inherently a lower weight than their counterparts in steel and concrete. Moreover these materials require little maintenance and therefore can help to minimize bridge operating cost.

Jurre van der Ven, innovator from Heijmans, explains: “The hybrid lightweight bridge project over the A27 was genuinely groundbreaking, and confirmed that if all parties are willing to work together in a spirit of true collaboration, remarkable things are possible. At Heijmans, we are constantly looking for the next advances in terms of materials and transport infrastructure. With DSM’s innovative portfolio and know-how in resins and FiberCore’s expertise in fiber-reinforced structures, it was clear to us at a very early stage that collaborating with them would open up exciting opportunities.”

"The bridge over the A27 highway is only one of many composite bridges that have been constructed by FiberCore Europe while using DSM’s resins,” adds Simon de Jong, director of FiberCore Europe. “In total, around 100 bridges have been placed in areas such as Western Europe, U.S. and China. This numbers includes many different types, including a bridge that floats on water and a movable heavy traffic bridge, and shows that composite bridges are able to serve many different customer needs.”

A video about the bridge and further background information can be found at www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=62Cxvsm9vc4.

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