16 November 2009
16 November 2009
Axion International Holdings has signed a contract worth $957,000 to build two railroad bridges, almost exclusively made from recycled plastics, at Fort Eustis, the home of the US Army Transportation Corps.
The bridges will have to withstand capacities of up to 130 tonnes, which is believed to be a record for a thermoplastic bridge. Axion have previously used their Recycled Structural Composites (RSC) technology in a bridge built at Fort Bragg to support weights of around 88 tonnes.
The RSC bridges will replace two wooden bridges that have been taken out of service and will extend approximately 40 feet and 80 feet respectively. It is calculated that they will cost less and be erected quicker than alternatives made from wood, steel or concrete.
“This sizable contract represents the perfect marriage of two of our core infrastructure products - bridges and railroad crossties,” said James Kerstein, Chief Executive Officer of Axion. “Not only will the bridges be constructed using our proprietary Recycled Structural Composite technology, the railroad crossties will also be made out of virtually 100% recycled consumer and industrial plastics. Our innovative eco-industrial material is clearly a superior choice, considering it is non-toxic, inert and lasts significantly longer than creosote treated wooden ties in a manner that is nearly maintenance-free and eco-friendly.”
The design and engineering work is being supported by Virginia-based Centennial Contractors Enterprises, the general contractor for the project, and Parsons Brinckerhoff.
“Axion and its sale agent are pleased to be working with exceptionally talented, experienced design and engineering firms,” said James Kerstein. “As we continue to announce exciting progress involving our innovative recycled plastic technology, Axion looks forward to enhancing our reputation and achieving future contract wins. We anticipate our work on milestone projects such as these, will continue to help increase the public’s awareness of our eco-friendly, cost-saving technology, and provide future opportunities in both the military and civilian arena.”
The use of composites within the rail industry is predicted to grow by up to 40% between 2015 and 2020 according to the Composites Leadership Forum, reports Fibrelite, a UK manufacturer of composite trench covers.
Plasan Carbon Composites (PCC) has been awarded a contract to produce the first composite ramps and bridgeplates for Amtrak.