AUGUST / 2014

Segmental ft and launching gantries
precast segments, beams and decks
Construction Methods of precast decks

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In general terms the precast deck construction methods are divided in
three groups:
• Dividing the deck longitudinally, resulting in the assembly of T
or U shaped beams whith a lenght corresponding to the span to
be built.
• Dividing the deck transverssally in segments.
• Full span deck corresponding to the total width and total lenght
of one deck span excluding any longitudinall or transversal
division.

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Table of Contents
Transport and assembling segment system:

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• Underslung Launching Gantry………………..…3

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• Overhead Launching Gantry…………………….6
• Combo Launching Gantry..……………………..8

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• Segmental Form Traveller………………………10

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Full Span transport and assembling System:
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• Full Span Launching Method………………….12
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Precast beams transport and assembling System:

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• Beam Launchers……………………………….17

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Underslung launching gantry
The Underslung Launching Gauntry LG is a high efficiency
equipment specially designed to install precast concete segments in
the box section deck and typically spans in the order of 30 to 35m.

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How the segments are
supported?
All the segments are supported
by the Launching Gantry until
the prestressing is applied
keepoing all segments together.

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The segments are supported by
hydraulic ajustable supports
equiped with teflon pads.

When the span activities are repetitive the achieved performance using
these Launching Gantries allow in a week to install all the segments
corresponding to 2 spans and in some cases even 2,5 spans.

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Each span built using the precast segments has a lenght corresponding
to the distance in between the center to center of columns.

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A simple solution!
The Underslung Launching Gantry is a simple solution to support the
precast concrete segments, being made by two almost symmetrical
halves.

Each half includes a main girder and two noses, supported at three
supporting brackets pairs connected to the columns. On the top of the
two main girders travels a gantry crane that perform the segments
assembling. On the main girder inner web outer surface there are
several support beams where the precast segments are supported
awaiting to be adjusted and prestressed.

Main components:
A- Electromechanicall
equipment

B- Main Girder
C- Noses
D- Supports
E- Supporting brackets

F- Beams
G- Gantry Crane

H- Lifting hook

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Some of the inovations
introduced by
STRUKTURAS:

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Independent main structure,
connected only by the gantry
crane, allowing to do transversal
adjustments from a single track
to double or even triple.

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Implement hinge connections on
the Underslung Launching
Gantry making it possible to be
used at decks with horizontal
radius as small as 75m.

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The hydraulic underslung
support system where segments
are supported allows correction
of any misaligments resulting
from lifting phase.

The STRUKTURAS Launching
Gantries exceeds conventional
design limitations in modern
bridge construction!
Both Underslung and Overhead
Launching Gantry solutions
consists of two main structures
combined with advanced lifting
devices, creating an
exceptionally flexible system for
both methods of construction
from span to span or
cantilevering.

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Overhead Launching Gantries

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Strukturas also supply the Overhead Launching Gantries, which generally include a
overhead main structure of two trussed beams, which support the precast segment lifting
winches, main supports installed on the columns, lifting yoke and also several hydraulic
systems that allow to launch and adjust the equipment

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This kind of solution is especially suitable for situations where the space bellow the deck
is limited and also if there are significant variations in the deck width.

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Combo Launching Gantries

The Combo Launching Gantries allows for the assembling
of precast segments both by the in fill method as the
cantilever method.

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The Launching Gantries can also be supplied with full
symmetry reducing the dismanting operations and new
assemblings.

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Hinged Launching
Gantries
Over the past years, several
contractors have chosen our
Gantries for their projects.

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With horizontal curves up to
350m and span lenghts above
50m, the utilization of special
hinges on our Launching
Gantries proved its successs.

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Segmental Form Traveller
The Segmental Form Traveller is an equipment designed to
lift and assemble precast concrete segments at bridges and
viaducts built by the cantilever method starting from the
pierhead.
The segmental Form Traveller generally includes: steel
structure, working platform and ladders, anchor systems to
the deck already finished, hydraulic equipment used to adjust
and level the Form Traveller itself and also the precast
segment and even electric winches equiped with safety
brackes.

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The segment lifting unit

The segment lifting unit is a
subset of the Segmental Form
Traveller extremely important
because this is the unit performing
the lifting and adjusting the
segment.
In general terms this segment
lifting unit is composed by two
electrical winches, the front beam
on which these winches are
installed and corresponding
working platforms, eletrical
cabinets and winches steel wires.
This unit also includes two lifting
winches that suspend the segment
and all the hydraulic equipment
that perform the adjusting
horizontal movements
(transversally and longitudinally)
and also adjust the segment
longitudinal slope.
The transversal slope adjustment
is made by the winches.

REAR TRUSS

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Full Span Launching Method

The Full Span Launching Method equipments are used in
the assembly of concrete precast decks spaning in between
25m and 35m and weights up to about 1800 ton.
This construction method is especially suited for projects that
require minimal deck deformations and fast construcion.
The full Span Launching method is part of a wider set of
devices that operate all together and that includes in general
terms the Full Span Launching equipment it self, the gantry
crane/straddle carrier and the special multiwheeled
transporters.
Depending on the distance between the prefabrication yard
and the Full Span Launching equipment is possible to install
3 spans a day, however being possible to assemble 1 span at
every 4 hours.

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Main features

Capacity: 500 - 1800 ton
Span lenght: 25m to 35m
Lifting speed when loaded: 0 - 0,5m/
min
Lifting speed when unloaded: 0 - 1,0m/
min
Lifting height: 7,5m
Transverse adjustment: aprox. 250mm
Launching speed: 0 - 3m/min

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SDI is a point venture
established in 2010 in
Zhengzhou, China
between Strukturas AS
from Norway and the New
Dafang from China; with
the goal of providing on
the international market a
complete range of
equipment for the bridge
decks.

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All equipment is designed
and produced in
accordance with
Strukturas quality control
system.

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The Gantry Cranes/Straddle
Carriers

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The gantry cranes/straddle carriers
equiped with steel or rubber tire
wheels are used at the precast yard
to handle the precast full span decks
and load them to the special
transporters.

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Main features
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Capacity: 900 ton x 2
Lifting speed when loaded: 0 - 2m/
min
Max. admissible slope: 2%

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The specifications can be adjusted
for each project!

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Special vehicles

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The special vehicles are equiped with
rubber tire wheels, with capacity to carry
heavy loads over rought terrain.

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Main features
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The wheels can turn 90 degreed.

Load capacity: 80 a 1800 ton
Minimum turning radius: 24m
Speed when loaded: 5 Km/h
Speed when unloaded: 10 Km/h
Admissible longitudinal slope: 5%
Admissible transversal slope: 4%

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Beam Launchers
Finding its application on one of the most commonly used
construction methods for standard sized bridges, the BL
represents a cost efficient, fast and technically flexible solution.
Strukturas provides the BL including the corresponding
transport trolleys on the bridge deck, to provide a
comprehensive solution to our clients.

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Strukturas supply the Beam Launhcers including the
corresponding precast concrete beams transport Trolleys
running on top of the deck.

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The Beam Launchers allows to perform the assembly of the
concrete precast beams without the need of cranes, being
specially suitable for bridges an viaducts with very high
columns, and difficult access conditions at ground level or
when construction is made above water or when ground has
low bearing capacity.

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Over 160 units supplied with capacities ranging between 30m
and 55m span and precast beam weights in between 60 ton and
250 ton.

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Contact us!
Our services include:
-tender stage quotation preparation
-design, fabrication, delivery and technicall assistance to the new equipment
-rebuilt design regarding existing equipments delivered by us, for use in different consitions of the original

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Consulte o nosso parceiro na sua área geográfica:
Eng. Aquilino Raimundo
Cel +351 932 255 374
Tel +351 243 701 460
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N - 3970 LANGESUND

NORUEGA

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HENAN PROVINCE

CHINA

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