Economical solution for bridge design

Context

The

e is a 150 m long and 22.7 m wide steel arch bridge in the north of Peru. The steel arch has a maximum height of 30 m.

Originally, the bridge was designed with the hangers supporting the bridge deck consisting of multi-strand tendons. Due to the fatigue loads from traffic and wind, the anchorages needed to be designed similar to stay cable anchorages.

Solution

Since this type of anchorage is relatively expensive and the hangers are of short length, a solution using multiple bars proposed by DYWIDAG, proved to be much more cost effective.

The originally specified 18 strand, 15.2 mm diameter cables, in one common pipe were replaced by four 36 mm DYWIDAG St 835/1035 Threadbars, grouted within individual plastic pipes. Each group of four bars included spacers for preventing wind/rain-induced vibrations and individual sets of O-rings at both ends for dampers. The longer hanger bars required a fatigue resistant coupler with the bar ends inside cut at a 45-degree angle and fixed in place with two-component glue.

Simultaneously with the erection of the bridge deck, the hanger bars were installed, stressed, and grouted individually by SAMAYCA as subcontractor within a four-month period and the project finished in April 2002. The DYWIDAG Threadbars and accessories were supplied by DSI USA.

DesignInstallationRental of equipmentSupply

Ministerio de Transportes, Comunicaciones, Vivienda y Construcción (MTC), Lima, Peru

SAMAYCA INGENIEROS S.A./DSI Latinomerica, Lima, Peru

C.Lotti & Associati, Rome, Italy

SAMAYCA INGENIEROS S.A., Lima, Peru

Servicio Industrial de la Marina del Perú (SIMA), Lima, Peru

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