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ASSET

Project reference: BRPR980662
Funded under: FP4-BRITE/EURAM 3

Advanced structural system for tomorrow's infrastructure
From 1998-11-01 to 2002-10-31

Project details
Total cost:

Subprogramme:

Not available

0202 - New methodologies for product design and

EU contribution:
Not available

Coordinated in:

manufacture

Funding scheme:
CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

United Kingdom

Objective

Objectives and content The world's infrastructure comprises industrial and public works vital to everyday activities. It plays a key
role in productivity, development, competitiveness, quality of life and health and safety of nations. In the last 50 years EU's
infrastructure expenditure related to its GDP has declined by almost 50 percent. The result is an aged infrastructure much of
which has been built with the technologies and systems developed in late 19th or early 20th century. The consequences are
clearly visible: traffic delays, congestion, deficient bridges and structures, deteriorating roads and motorways and decaying
buildings. Measures which help to reverse such decline will bring far reaching benefits. New construction systems using advanced
composite materials have performance attributes of superior strength with less weight, enhanced durability, longer service life,
ease of manufacture and rapid construction, are energy efficient and have environmental compatibility as they can also be
produced from sustainable resources. ASSET's main objective is to develop a strong and light- weight independent decking or
flooring system made of multi-cell prismatic pultruded advanced composite profiles used as structural components, to efficiently
carry wheel loads in bridges and heavy loads in other building structures. The system will be developed in such a way that it may
be applied as both a complete optimised structural system for small bridges and buildings, and also as a decking or flooring
component of other structures in which it acts compositely with other members. The standardised pultruded profile can potentially
be readily assembled into a multitude of structural shapes for a wide variety of structural applications. The proposed profile
optimises the properties of the material and the manufacturing system and does not attempt to mimic profiles in conventional
materials. The system will be developed in four progressive stages. The first stage addresses the development, design,
manufacture and testing of a single profile and its components. On successful completion of this initial stage an independent deck
unit will be assembled from the standardised profiles and tested (Stage 2). System development will continue by testing an
assembled deck acting compositely with other structural members in Stage 3. Finally, at least one full size bridge to take live
traffic will be constructed with the system as a demonstration project from financial resources made available by the End User
Partner. The bridge(s) will then be monitored after completion of the project by the Client and data will be made available to all
partners for future exploitation, acceptance by Authorities and proof of the technology. The team offers an integrated Consortium

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V. will cover design aspects. Spain Administrative contact: Cecilio LOPEZ HOMBRADOS Tel. will bring to bear experience of carrying out work in the field under all the conditions imposed by the management of existing traffic and the excesses of the environment. 1. Denmark Administrative contact: Henrik THORNING Tel. (SE). 2. (NL).5 and 1. will provide the testing expertise. Brite Euram III Areas covered by the proposal are 2. rapid prototyping. (SE).: +44-1932-337147 Fax: +44-1932-356122 Participants CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS Spain c/ Serrano Galvache s/n MADRID. ASSET offers the chance to develop an advanced construction system for building Tomorrows infrastructure using tomorrows technology. The Science Partner. will develop surfacing materials which will bond to the profile and withstand to wear the traffic. a civil engineering consultancy.2. The Surfacing and Supplier. (GB).: +44-1865-815641 Page 2 of 3 . 1.2. United Kingdom Administrative contact: Sam FASHOLE-LUKE Tel. Coordinator Mouchel Consulting Limited United Kingdom Parvis Road West Byfleet. provides the academic input into the basic research and application of materials technology and is world renowned for jointing technology. numerical modelling techniques. specification and will bring its project management skills to managing the project.covering the full spectrum of disciplines in the construction process comprising a Client End User. A Research Institute.4.: +45-75565333 Fax: +45-75565281 E-mail HIM Chemie B. (GB).: +34-1-3020440 Fax: +34-1-3020700 FIBERLINE COMPOSITE A/S Denmark Nr. Bjertvej 88 KOLDING. The Contracting Partner. will address the development and production aspects of materials and supply. (ES). who represents the initiator and provides links with Technical Approval and Maintenance Authorities. Netherlands Wijkermeerweg Velsen-Noord. United Kingdom Administrative contact: Peter John BROWN Tel. (DK).1. The Composite Partner.: +31-251-276320 Fax: +31-251-225031 Oxfordshire County Council United Kingdom Speedwell Street Oxford. Netherlands Administrative contact: Gerrit RIETVELD Tel. The Project Co-ordinator. 1.1.

europa.: +46-8790644 (3) Fax: +46-8207865 E-mail Skanska Teknik AB Sweden Danderyd. Sweden Administrative contact: Ingvar ERIKSSON Tel.: +46-87538000 Fax: +46-87534973 Subjects Materials Technology . Sweden Administrative contact: Bjoern TAELJSTEN Tel.Fax: +44-1865-815085 ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Sweden Teknikringen 8 Stockholm. 2014 Page 3 of 3 . Technology Transfer .Industrial Manufacture Last updated on 2002-04-19 Retrieved on 2014-11-03 Permalink: http://cordis.eu/project/rcn/46777_en.Innovation.html © European Union.