The importance of carrying out bearing and expansion joint inspections by proficient and competent engineers who understand their functionality can often be key to maximising a structure’s lifespan and avoiding major, unexpected, emergency repair costs.
USL Ekspan have carried out a number of projects for swing bridges and foot bridges. From design, fabrication of all structural components, to trial erection and final installation. Details of these type of bridge installations can be supplied on request.
Natural Rubber strip can be utilised to support a concrete diaphragm and natural rubber pads are used to support individual beams.
These products are commonly used where the vertical loads/translations are relatively low.
Where increased vertical load capacity/translations and rotations are required then the preferred option would be to utilise a laminated elastomeric bearing.