World's first thermoplastic bridges that can support over 70 tons

29-Sep-09
The world’s first known bridge to support loads in excess of 70 tons has been unveiled. A high-load thermoplastic bridge designed from 100% recycled plastic at Fort Bragg, has been unveiled by Axion International Holdings, Inc. The bridge is less expensive to build than its alternatives, provides greater corrosion resistance, and is practically maintenance free. The US Army estimates to receive a 34 to 1 return on investment by using this technology. The two bridges were commissioned by the military and built at Fort Bragg, NC in order to help facilitate troop movements getting more difficult using wooden bridges with substantially less load/weight capacity. Axion's bridges are less expensive to maintain and are engineered to carry the extreme tonnage requirements for armored military vehicles that would simply not be possible with currently existing wooden bridges. The bridged have the distinct advantage of not only being environmentally friendly, but also providing its clients with building materials of superior quality and life expectancy. Current structural applications include: railroad crossties, bridge infrastructure, marine pilings and bulk heading. Developed in conjunction with scientists at Rutgers University, Axion's patented process transforms recycled consumer and industrial plastics into a myriad of structural products that are ideal replacements for last-generation materials, such as wood, steel or concrete.
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