DURA® PMB IBS - Pedestrian-Motorcycle Bridge for IBS
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DURA® PMB-IBS is a total prefabricated system which is ideal for the concept of industrial building system (IBS) for pedestrian-motorcycle bridge construction. DURA® PMB-IBS is manufactured using the advanced composite material of ultra-high performance concrete and high-carbon-high-tensile steel fibers (UHPdC). It is an excellent solution for bridge engineers looking for a cost effective, fast construction, light-weight and high-durability option for girders with a span range of 23 to 41 meters. Unlike conventional design, DURA® PMB-IBS is a 100% precast system which included the bridge, ramps, staircase, columns, crossheads and landing slabs.
- All the major component in DURA® PMB-IBS are manufactured using DURA® UHPdC material, except the foundations (i.e. piling and pile caps) are constructed using conventional method.
- The UHPdC used for DURA® PMB-IBS has characteristic compressive strength range between 120 to 140 MPa.
- The UHPdC used for DURA® PMB-IBS contained high amount of high strength micro-steel fiber which results a minimum characteristic flexural strength of 20 MPa.
- DURA® prestress girders are typically prestress to 70~80% of the characteristic tensile strength of the strands. Strands used are 15.2 mm diameter 7-wire super strands (low relaxation) complying with BS 5896-1980; with a characteristic breaking load of 260 kN.
- All steel fibers used are made from high carbon steel wires with tensile strength more than 2300 MPa.
- DURA® PMB-IBS components eliminate the used of conventional steel reinforcing bars and stirrups, except at the region where connection is required with in-situ cast concrete to form a connectivity.
Advantages of DURA® PMB-IBS
- Based on a 41 m span design, the DURA® PMB-IBS can be more than 50% lighter when compared to conventional designs. For example, using two pieces of conventional I-girders with an in-situ RC deck will result a total dead weight of 3780 kg/m. Whereas the DURA® prestress girder only weights 1400 kg/m, thus resulting in a 60% reduction of dead weight;
- At least 3 times more durable as DURA® consist lots of discrete high strength steel fibers to stitch cracks (if any) and the girders are designed based on uncracked approach at serviceability limit state, (thus significantly increasing the life span of the infrastructure);
- Ease of handling (due to light weight) and fast in construction (due to total prefabricated system);
- Savings in foundation cost can be attained due to the lighter superstructure (especially on difficult ground condition);
- Height reduction leads to reduces staircase and ramp travelling distance as well as direct cost saving;
- Eliminates site-casting of R.C. deck, thus enabling overall construction safety and minimizing site activity;
- Due to the absence of conventional steel reinforcements, DURA® girders can be designed and produced in a much slenderer and efficient sections, with no concern for classical issues such as minimum concrete cover, to prevent corrosion of steel reinforcement;
- No waterproofing needed as DURA® is a highly impermeable material;
- No wearing surface material needed on the deck surface as anti-slip and anti-skid profiles can been provided on the deck surface thus eliminating the need for maintenance and repair due to debonding or wearing of the overlay;
- Its natural high quality finish due to the ultra-packed nature of the concrete matrix eliminates the need for painting or protective coating (thus leading to further long term savings in cost). Micro-organism such as mould and algae will also not grow easily on this surface;
- Longer single spans up to 50 meter is possible, eliminating the central column which improved public safety;
- A high green-index material which supports the visionary of sustainable construction by reducing the overall CO2 emission, primary energy consumption and global warming potential of at least 15%.
- It is a cost effective solution offering cost savings, both immediate and long term.
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