18 September 2009
18 September 2009
Axion International Holdings has just completed the construction of two 100% recycled plastic bridges for the US Army. The eco-friendly structural building materials used in the bridges have been specifically engineered to allow for the crossing of heavy military vehicles.
To date, recycled plastic has mainly been used in non-structural or low-stress applications such as park benches, picnic tables, and residential decking. With Axion`s patented technology, structural-grade reinforced plastic building materials are an emerging technology for use in load-bearing construction.
Constructed from 100% recycled high load plastic, the construction of the plastic bridges at Fort Bragg utilized approximately 84,828 pounds of recycled plastic.
These plastic designs do not contain any wood material and are inherently resistant to rot and attack by insects without the need for chemical treatments. Innovative plastic I-beam components were used to support the heavy loads and to provide a design that is cost-competitive to a treated-wood bridge designed to carry the same load.
""The military provides a compelling validator for Axion`s high-growth business model and our cutting-edge technology,"" said James Kerstein, Chief Executive Officer. ""Not only are Axion`s bridges eco-friendly, they are superior in their structural properties and remarkably cost-effective. We strongly believe the success of these prototypes will lead to significantly more business from the military.""
Applications for composites in the sports and leisure sector will be showcased by various exhibitors at Composites Europe in Stuttgart, Germany, on 6-8 November.
The programme has been announced for the second Composites in Sport Conference and Exhibition, being held at Loughborough University, UK, on 3-4 October 2018.