A material suited to railway structures
The extremely dense matrix of Ductal® UHPFRC not only guarantees that the 30 mm layer poured onto the bridge is completely weaterproof, but has a very high mechanical performance thus avoiding the need to protect the sealing layer. As the installation of UHPFRC is only marginally dependant on weather conditions, execution lead times, very important in the rail transport sector, may be guaranteed and the total duration of projects is often shortened. The durability of the material avoids the need to replace the sealing up to the end of the life of the supporting structure which reduces maintenance costs and costs associated with line closures.
A complete protective layer
30 mm of Ductal® was poured onto the whole of the upper section of the trough. A liquid formulation was used to fill the edge formwork while a firmer formulation, taking the slope into account, was poured onto the deck and the horizontal section at the top of the edging pieces. The whole of the exposed part of the bridge was thus protected against water infiltration. The condition of the supporting concrete was significantly worse than predicted, but the solution of Ductal® UHPFRC enabled the work to be finished on time, especially with the whole of the horizontal surface being poured in a single day. Pouring in a single step in this way also avoided having joins in the section where water runs off into the drainage systems.
A solution to inspire others
For a structure on such a scale, the question of cost is clearly high on the agenda. The UHPFRC solution provides a more durable structure and limits the need for future maintenance work. The ability to guarantee deadlines was also a determining factor in the project owner's choice, all the more so since the Ductal® UHPFRC variant studied added only 1% to the total cost of the project.
This type of project allows project owners to use the properties of UHPFRC to best advantage, to limit costs over the lifetime of the structure and limit the impact on the user by reducing the time needed for closures due to the works.
Other rail project owners, such as CFF and the SZU have already put their trust in Ductal® for their projects and will give priority to our solutions for their upcoming works.
Kander Viaduct, Frutigen, Switzerland (Courtesy of B+S AG)