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Lightweight FRP Pedestrian Bridge with Service Ducts Inbuilt

Soon to be manufactured in Adelaide Australia, this lightweight FRP bridge was delivered to site and lifted into place using a crane truck with little effort by Lifespan Structures in the UK. Pre-fabricated offsite, the design incorporated service ducts which were encapsulated within the deck keeping clean lines and a very neat soffit. The new FRP structure replaces a steel and timber hybrid bridge, which had reached the end of its service life. The river environment had caused significant corrosion of the steel, and the timber elements were a regular maintenance issue for the client. Built to last more than 100 years and guaranteed for 50 years, FiberCore Infracore composite footbridges are rapidly becoming the product of choice for decision makers in the infrastructure sector. Kudos to the team at LifeSpan Structures UK & FiberCore Europe.

Soon to be Made in Adelaide – FRP Infrastructure of the Future

Soon to be manufactured in Adelaide, to service the wider Australian, New Zealand and Oceanic markets the revolutionary InfraCore FRP structures represent the infrastructure of the future. Two ultra-slim FiberCore bridges were installed in South-East Amsterdam last week. The bridges are 32 metres in length, 4.5 metres wide and are have a thickness of only 30cm. Each bridge has a custom FRP slim-line pier.  The huge advantages in off-site pre-fabrication allows for extraordinary fast installation times, minimises on-site construction risk and provides more reliability in cost predictions. The use of InfraCore® FRP also means that the structures are lightweight, have a very long life span and are largely maintenance free. 

SIS makes Deal with Dutch bridge manufacturer to revolutionise Australian infrastructure sector

A Exclusive Manufacturing licence agreement with Dutch company InfraCore was signed at the Netherlands embassy in Canberra, Australia, yesterday evening 18th March 2021. Production of revolutionary infrastructure in use across Europe will come to South Australia under a landmark manufacturing deal. In a collaboration between Australian company Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (SIS) and Dutch firm InfraCore Company, a national centre for the manufacture of lightweight fibre composite road and pedestrian bridges, and jetties will be established in Adelaide’s northern suburbs. The products will be distributed and installed throughout the Oceania region. Aside from creating employment opportunities, with up to 25 new jobs in the first 12 months, cutting-edge technology used in the material will be a game-changer in the way bridges and other structures are manufactured and installed in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific islands. More than 1,000 structures – from pedestrian walkways to high-volume traffic and harbor bridges – have been installed in the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, England, France, Italy, Sweden, Norway, China and the US. The environmentally friendly fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) structures are light weight and incredibly strong, allowing for spans of up to 36 metres with a 100-year design life and maintenance-free system, based on a composite material of structural glass fibres in a thermoset resin matrix. Composites can be so strong that the automotive industry use this material for car components and most commercial aircraft manufactured today are constructed from more than 50 per cent composite materials. Former Transport Department general manager Luigi Rossi, who has guided some of South Australia’s biggest infrastructure projects, joined SIS in 2019 and is managing the FRP program for the company. Mr Rossi says while foam will initially be used for pre-forms in the manufacturing process, within 18 months the company plans to change to recycled post-consumer waste plastic, and introduce bio-resins to provide substantial environmental benefits. “This also is about reflecting the company’s ethos; to take environmental sustainability to another level in infrastructure,” Mr Rossi says. InfraCore presently builds its bridges and other structures in its factory in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and delivers them prefabricated to construction sites worldwide. Currently, the company is designing ship hulls, rudders and decks for large sea-going vessels and energy systems using its InfraCore Inside technology. Under the agreement signed with SIS, the FRP bridges destined for Oceania can now be manufactured locally, providing economic benefits as well as environmental ones, and offering greater accessibility. Simon de Jong, InfraCore’s chief executive officer and founding partner, said the agreement with SIS, “will have a huge impact on the future of bridge building in Australia and New Zealand”. Marion Derckx, Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, welcomed the agreement between innovative Australian and Dutch companies. “The Netherlands government congratulates SIS and InfraCore on this game-changing partnership,” Mrs Derckx said. “The manufacturing agreement upholds our values in sustainable practices. It demonstrates how significant employment and growth opportunities can be achieved through innovation. “As like-minded cultures, the enterprise symbolises Dutch ambitions in the Asia-Pacific region for future international collaborations.” SIS is in discussions with potential commercial partners to assist with the capitalisation of its Australian fibre composite manufacturing hub. “This will significantly reduce freight costs and lead times for our clients and will revolutionise the way bridges are manufactured and installed in our region,” Mr Rossi says. To learn more about SIS, visit https://sisau.com.au For more about InfraCore Company, visit https://infracore-company.com/

 

ACT Attorney-General and Emissions Reduction Minister, Shane Rattenbury, (L) with Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (SIS) Associate Director Engineering, Luigi Rossi, and the Ambassador to Australia of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Her Excellency Mrs Marion Derckx.

Introducing SIS StructuralComp® FRP Reinforcement Bar

SIS StructuralComp® FRP Reinforcement Bar is a durable continuously pultruded FRP reinforcement bar manufactured from vinyl ester resin and E glass fibres to provide a high strength, inert reinforcement bar for use in reinforcement of concrete elements subjected to highly corrosive environments. FRP reinforcement is not corrosive and allows the concrete cover to be minimised which reduces the weight and cost of the concrete elements. When used as a reinforcement system, SIS StructuralComp® FRP is a Glass-Fibre Reinforced Plastic continuously threaded reinforcing mesh which forms a high load-carrying capacity used to provide tensile strength and crack control to structural concrete elements. Advantages of SIS StructuralComp® FRP Reinforcement Bar include light product weight and easy handling, no onsite ‘hot works’, 100-year design life, high tensile and shear strength and it is very economical. Contact us today for a product brochure, product sample or to speak with a product specialist!

A Unique FRP Shared Use Bridge Demonstrates Versatile Composite Technology

In yet another leap forward in composite pedestrian bridge innovation, FiberCore Europe have manufactured a shared use bridge using the InfraCore® Inside technology with a striking semicircular edge for a railway overpass project in The Netherlands. The bridge is 16.4 metres long and 6.5 metres wide and only weights in at 16.5 tonnes and was installed at nighttime in a single lift in less than 1 hour. The huge advantages in off-site pre-fabrication allows for these extraordinary fast installation times, minimises on-site construction risk and provides more reliability in cost predictions. The use of InfraCore® FRP also means that the structures are lightweight, have a very long life span and are largely maintenance free.

Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP) in Buildings & Civil Engineering Structures – Recommendation 96:2019

In a great step forward for designers, engineers and stakeholders who know the advantages of FRP being used in the infrastructure sector, the CROW-CUR Recommendation 96:2019 Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP) in Buildings & Civil Engineering Structures – has recently been released in English. ‘CROW’ is The Netherlands Information and Technology Platform for their Department of Transport, Infrastructure & Public Space. CUR96 Recommendation describes the engineering principles for the design of FRP structures and is available for purchase and download at https://crowplatform.com/product/crow-cur-recommendation-962019/ Please contact SIS directly if you would like a to understand more about the content of this document.

SIS Supplier FiberCore Europe Opens 1000th FRP Bridge

SIS’ manufacturing partner FiberCore Europe passed a huge milestone this month with the opening of the 1000th composite pedestrian bridge manufactured using their unique patented Infracore technology. Built to last more than 100 years and guaranteed for 50 years, Infracore composite footbridges are rapidly becoming the product of choice for decision makers in the infrastructure sector. 1000 bridges is a milestone that SIS has assisted FiberCore Europe in achieving as these revolutionary structures have been shipped to all corners of the globe including #Australia. With each project, FiberCore took a step closer to the recognition of FRP as a building material in infrastructure. Proudly brought to the Nations of Oceania by Sustainable Infrastructure Systems.

Rail Sector Embracing FRP Composite Footbridges

UK infrastructure operator Network Rail has entered into a partnership to help take forward the investigation, design and construction of a composite footbridge that it plans building. The concept footbridge was conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects and Cowi and is called ‘Futura’. It is being developed into a prototype to demonstrate the benefits that can be gained from using composites in railway station environments for both new build and replacement structures. “We’re delighted to be working on this ground-breaking project with Network Rail, and that they have joined us as a member,” said NCC chief executive Richard Oldfield. “There is clear alignment between the long-term strategic goals of the two organisations – namely to accelerate the adoption of composites in construction and to support the UK’s supply chain development to achieve the government’s Construction 2025 strategy. Composites offer huge benefits to construction, not least in their ability to be built using modern methods, as well as the cost-effective nature of their construction and installation. They are a more sustainable solution, which will contribute to net-zero targets across the industry, and are an intrinsically safer and more aesthetically pleasing option.” Ian Grimes, principal engineer from Network Rail, added: “Our main focus is on putting our passengers first and exploring the full potential of composites as an alternative low-carbon construction material will enable us to continue doing this. “The quicker installation and the corrosion resistant nature of composites will mean less disruption and impact on passengers when we’re installing and maintaining our assets. This offers further environmental benefits alongside cost savings which can then be reinvested into other parts of the network.” SIS looks forward to partnering with all of Australia and New Zealand’s rail industry participants as we bring the manufacturing of FiberCore Europe’s patented composite FRP bridge technology to Australia and the wider Oceania region.

SIS Congratulates ZEBRA Consortia on the Development of 100% Recyclable Composite Wind Turbine Blades

SIS congratulates all parties involved in this groundbreaking project to design and manufacture the wind power industry’s first 100% recyclable wind turbine blade. The consortia named ‘ZEBRA (Zero wastE Blade ReseArch) Project’, is driven by IRT Jules Verne, brings together industrial companies and technological centers (Arkema, CANOE, ENGIE, Suez, LM Wind Power, Owens Corning). Wind energy, both onshore and offshore, plays a critical role in the transition to carbon-free energy sources. With a product lifespan of 30 years and a wind turbine recyclability rate of 85% to 90%, the wind power industry is now looking to close the remaining gap by designing and manufacturing the first 100% recyclable wind turbine blade. Torben K. Jacobsen, Senior Director Advanced Technology Systems, LM Wind Power, stated: ”As a key player in the transition to affordable, renewable energy sources across the world, the wind power industry works actively to develop new materials with higher performance, longer lifespan and recyclable properties. Using Elium resin, combined with design, manufacturing and recycling process optimization, constitutes an opportunity to reduce cost, production time and environmental impact of wind turbine blades. We are thrilled to be a launching partner for a truly recyclable blade for future wind turbines, leading the way to a sustainable world that works for generations to come.”

SIS Completes Engineering Assessment on use of Recycled Plastics in FRP Bridges

In 2019 SIS tasked an internal engineer to undertake an investigation to change out the foam core in our FRP composite bridges to recycled plastic. This was submitted to our manufacturing partner FiberCore Europe and put forward for peer review. As SIS moves to commence the manufacture of FiberCore bridges under licence in Australia in late 2020, trials using 100% recycled plastic will be conducted throughout 2021 with the intention of completing full scale testing by the end of 2021. SIS and its management have played a role in recycling Australia’s waste plastic for over 20 years and yesterday marks a milestone in this sector with the South Australian Government becoming the first state to ban single-use plastics in Australia. Legislation banning the sale, supply and distribution of plastic products like straws, cutlery and beverage stirrers passed the State Parliament yesterday. SIS applauds the South Australian Government and in particular the work of Environment Minister David Speirs in this achievement. 

SIS StructuralComp FRP Composite MTB Bridges

Not all our composite bridges are large in span or designed to carry heavy loads, SIS were recently approached to assist with design elements and the supply of FRP component materials for four bridges, to replace aged timber structures along a mountain bike trail and walking track at Melrose, in the southern Flinders Ranges of South Australia. The town of Melrose is famous for its tracks and trails stretching over 80 kilometres in the foothills of Mount Remarkable, showing some truly special Australian landscapes for those with a love of nature, tranquility and adrenaline. SIS FRP materials were the material of choice for their durability in any environment, a 50 plus year design life and their light weight nature making remote installation much easier and more cost effective than traditional alternatives.  

Bio-Resins & Fibres- The Ultimate Ingredient in Sustainable Infrastructure Composite Bridge Construction

FiberCore Europe in conjunction with Delft University of Technology (TU Delft, The Netherlands), recently completed a world first by manufacturing an FRP composite bridge using bio-resins, the structure being 15 metres in length by 2 metres wide.  

Basalt fibres and bio-based polyester resin are the main raw ingredients in the bridge – basalt fibres are extracted from basalt rock, the igneous volcanic rock that is created by the solidification of lava. The polyester resin used is partly of natural origin whereby vegetable glycerine is a key part of the process classing it as a bio-resin.

The end result is a high performance structure, expected to last at least 100 years with only a very basic maintenance requirement that is made mainly from natural materials and is 100% recyclable at the end of it useful life.

SIS is proud to partner with such an innovative and sustainably minded Company in Europe and look forward to bringing this technology to Australia & New Zealand and the wider Oceania region.


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