Paper number 224
|STRUCTURAL DESIGN OF A FIBRE REINFORCED COMPOSITE BRIDGE DECK FOR OFFSHORE APPLICATIONS|
Paul E Simpson1, Gerard M van Erp2, Charles H Tranberg3
1PhD Candidate. 2PhD, Associate Professor, Fibre Composite Design & Development
University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Toowoomba, Queensland, 4350, Australia.
3PhD, Honorary Professor (USQ), General Manager, Connell Wagner Queensland, Spring Hill, Brisbane, Queensland, 4004, Australia.
|Summary||An all-composite bridge deck was designed to facilitate the maintenance of an offshore conveyor gantry. Preliminary designs used both manufacturers and published materials data to give initial geometry. Further detailed designs were carried out using finite element analysis; utilising material properties derived from in-house testing. A modular construction approach was developed to give excellent design and manufacturing flexibility. The bridge deck geometry was optimised to provide exceptional structural performance within the given design constraints and objectives. A one-half scale prototype was manufactured to validate the proposed manufacturing technique and design.
||Keywords|| Offshore, Bridge Deck, Corrosion Resistance, Civil Engineering.
Theme : Industrial Applications ; Marine Applications
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