The company behind super Light Concrete has just received a € 1.3 million grant from the Advanced Technology Foundation for a bridge building concept. The concept makes it possible to build bridges faster with fewer materials and a longer lifetime. And the process is much more CO2 friendly and has significantly less consequences for the traffic situation during construction.
Building bridges is a troublesome task often requiring the construction company to initially build a scaffold and thereafter cast the bridge on top of this over the span of several months. Naturally this is a time consuming process which also has major effects on the traffic situation while construction is ongoing.
Together with three partners, Abeo – the company behind Super Light Concrete – has received €1.3 million from the Advanced Technology Foundation for a new bridge building concept utilizing Abeo’s Pearl Chain Technology. The technology makes it possible to build the bridge on land and thereafter hoist the bridge on to its intended location over a weekend.
Abeo’s Pearl Chain technology is a completely new approach to building arched bridges. By casting and thereafter dragging a number of concrete elements onto suspension wires (like pearls on a string) a bridge is formed, that is done faster and with less material thereby lowering the entire CO2 consumption of the building process. On top of the construction benefits, the final construction has a longer lifetime with less maintenance.
The project funding has been given to Abeo and three other strong partners in the construction industry, and will be utilized over the next three years to further develop the technology’s application into actual construction.