Hybrid bridges | Steel and composite
Bridges with a load-bearing steel construction were traditionally provided with a wooden bridge deck. This construction method has many drawbacks. The wooden deck is prone to rotting and requires a lot of maintenance. The life of a wooden deck is also relatively short. The underlying steel bridge structure is often damaged by permeated liquids. Think of rain, de-icing salts and oil. A composite bridge deck from FiberCore Europe offers the solution for new constructions and renovation.
A hybrid solution of a steel construction with a prefab composite bridge deck is in many cases a golden combination. FiberCore offers solutions for all forms of hybrid bridge construction. With our own team of experienced engineers, we do not shy away from a challenge. Whether it concerns a widening of an existing bridge, renovation of an outdated bridge deck or new construction of a long span.
We install the new bridge deck with InfraCore® Inside technology with minimal nuisance to the environment. This technology minimizes the impact of delamination and ensures that our bridges retain their strength and rigidity. The bridge can be reused and will last up to 100 years. Thanks to the prefab construction, the bridge can be installed fast and is therefore quickly ready for use.
Less maintenance on steel construction
We regularly carry out bridge renovations, widening and new construction with a FiberCore bridge deck. Thanks to the low dead weight, the underlying construction is minimally loaded and can be carried out lightly.
After installing a composite bridge deck, the underlying steel construction is less likely to be affected by oil, rainwater, and de-icing salts. Because unlike wooden planks, the composite deck does not allow liquids to pass through. This saves maintenance on the steel construction.
Composite bridge decks with InfraCore® Inside are extremely strong. Our bridges retain their strength and sturdiness. Even after many decades of intensive use.
More and more companies and governments are opting for composite bridge decks due to the strength of the material and its durable properties. A composite bridge deck is practically maintenance-free. This is because composite is insensitive to mold and moisture and resistant to UV radiation and extreme temperature changes. The material also retains its shape retention and strength. Composite can withstand practically all forms of vandalism, such as graffiti and fire. Such traces can easily be repaired.
This is why you should opt for a hybrid solution with composite
- Extremely robust (InfraCore® Inside)
- Low maintenance & sustainable
- Lifespan of > 100 years
- Light weight – thus lower loads on support structure
- Resistant to weather influences
- Conservation of underlaying structure
- Prefab delivered to the location
- Quick and easy to (re)place
- Designed according to Eurocode / CUR96
- Low CO2 footprint
Our projects with hybrid solutions
We have already produced many bridges and bridge decks for hybrid applications. Below is a selection of our projects.
Go for a hybrid solution
Would you also like to look into a hybrid solution for a lightweight, maintenance-free bridge deck for your design or renovation? Would you like to know more about the possibilities? Or do you want a quick quote? Our advisory team is ready for you.