20 years on: Scandinavia's first composite bridge is as good as new

20 years on: Scandinavia's first composite bridge is as good as new

When Scandinavia's first composite bridge was constructed in 1997 it was innovative and boundary-pushing. Today, 20 years on, fibreglass composite is no longer a new material but it continues to push the limits for new ways to build bridges. 

Read the article from Bridge, Design & Engineering

 

The Kokkedal bridge

Measuring 39.7 x 2.2m, the Kokkedal bridge consists of a high-durability GFRP deck that provides a watertight cap for the steel substructure. The stairs are also made of steel and GFRP. Total bridge erection time, excluding factory assembly of the modules, is projected to be just one day.

 

The Fiberline bridge, Kolding

Measuring 40 x 3.2m, the Fiberline bridge is a cable-stayed design supported by eight stays. The loadbearing structures, bridge deck and handrails are all made of GFRP profiles. The bridge was assembled in the factory into three modules, which were then conveyed by semitrailer to the erection site and lifted into place. With the bridge weighing less than 12 tonnes, erection was completed in just 18 hours with only minimal impact on rail services. 

Watch the movie of the Fiberline bridge in 1997 (only in Danish)