Thursday, 17 December 2015

The importance of Stainless Steel in bridge construction

An extra $60 million dollars is to be spent on the construction of the new Champlain Bridge (in Montreal, Canada) by using stainless steel instead of galvanised steel on key sections of the bridge including the deck. 

Ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) used in the construction will also feature small steel fibres, which are supposed to help slow the development of cracks and, as a result, corrosion caused by traffic and temperature changes

The Journal de Montreal says about 15,000 tons of stainless steel will be needed.

The director of the new Champlain Bridge Project Vincent Jarry says the extra cost will create a structure with a lifespan of 125 years.

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