Building sustainable bridges
With a prefab composite bridge from FiberCore Europe, you choose a sustainable, circular solution. Due to the construction method, the bridges have an extremely low weight (they can even float!) and, by using InfraCore® technology, are particularly strong and therefore safe.
Composite bridges from FiberCore Europe are a durable solution for many bridge structures, as they are made of a combination of glass fibers and resin, with a foam core. This makes the bridges very lightweight, yet extremely strong and corrosion resistant. Because of this light weight, the bridge has numerous sustainable benefits. For example, the bridge is easy to place and reposition. In addition, the bridges are low maintenance and have an extremely long lifespan.
Below are some of the most important sustainable aspects of composite bridges.
Our composite bridges with InfraCore® Inside can last more than 100 years with minimal maintenance. This is very long compared to traditional bridges made of steel or concrete as they often need to be replaced within 50 years. Such longevity results in less waste and lower environmental impact.
Composite bridges require less energy to produce and have lowerCO2 emissions. In fact, our prefabricated bridges contribute to the highest achievable project-related ambition level on theCO2 Performance Ladder. Their low weight also makes them easy to transport and install with light materials.
Sustainable raw materials
Our bridges are manufactured with PET resins: a resin that incorporates a significant proportion of recycled PET bottles. It is also possible to produce a complete bio-based bridge with bio-resins and flax.
Resistant to external influences
Composite bridges can be easily adapted to specific loads and weather conditions. Composite bridges are corrosion resistant and are therefore suitable for use in environments with high humidity or in contact with water.
Our bridges are virtually maintenance-free. The construction is resistant to corrosion, salt, UV, bird droppings, diesel oil and chemicals, among other things. Extreme temperatures do not affect the construction either. Graffiti is easy to remove, as are burn marks.
Light own weight
Composite bridges are lightweight compared to traditional bridges made of steel, wood or concrete, making them easier to transport and install. This results in lower CO2 emissions.
Our lightweight prefabricated bridges are placed in minutes, right off the truck. The bridges can also float and thus be floated to the construction site.
Our bridges are relocatable because they are lightweight and easy to disassemble, making them easy to move to another location. This makes them suitable for temporary situations or changing circumstances. Many bridges get a second (or third) life through the Bridge Bank.
Pyrolysis is an effective way to recycle composite bridges - at the end of their useful life - because it preserves the structure of the materials. This allows the raw materials to be reused in the construction of bridges or other infrastructure projects.
Lightweight construction is sustainable construction
Construction of lightweight composite bridges is sustainable because it requires less material and maintenance, is corrosion resistant, has a long service life, is repositionable and can be recycled.
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