19/04/2018 - Industry / GermanyFor almost 114 years, the Swiss narrow-gauge railway line has passed a small iron bridge on its picturesque route from Montreux to Zweisimmen in the Bernese Oberland.
Remarkably slim designT Ingénierie SA (CH), the company who did the main planning and construction work in the project, also directed all processes of the Lanciau Bridge renovation. The Geneva based company had designed a slim arched steel girder that elegantly supports the also newly installed track bed. Following inspection and repair work of the existing masonry abutments, the new structure could be placed onto the abutments without further modifications in a time-saving and economical way. The design of all steel and concrete construction elements had undergone static testing by Monod-Piguet + Associes IC SA, Lausanne (CH), while special fatigue checks and testing of the steel construction was carried out by KoRoh GmbH, Karlsruhe (D).
Short-term production and delivery - fast assemblyThe remarkably slim design of the girder mostly relies on the bent lower belt of the construction, which is made of circular hot-rolled seamless MSH sections with impressive outer dimensions of e.g 559 mm and 50 mm wall thickness. The MSH sections were manufactured applying Vallourec's pilger rolling process in the group's Düsseldorf-Rath facilities. Vallourec took up the challenge of an extraordinary short-term production and delivery time basis with barely 8 weeks from order to delivery. The MSH sections were delivered directly to Sottas SA Constructions métalliques (CH) who carried out all steel construction works including the bending of the huge tubes for the lower belt.
Profiling the tubesChallenging technical requirements like Execution class 4 (EN1090) resulted in involvement of ZIS Industrietechnik GmbH, a specialist in 3D cutting of tubes and rectangular hollow sections. Fulfilling technical and formal requirements, based on the 3D design model the required 3D contours had been manufactured. Upfront delivery a detailed model of the resulting contours was sent to the steel construction company. Together with an accurate oxygen cutting of the 3D contours an efficient assembly and welding of the tubes was granted.
Production of the BridgeThe sole task of putting all parts fitting together and assemble on site has been executed by Sottas SA. Well experienced in steel construction this project was the first composite train bridge structure in companies history. To meet the tight time schedule with shortest downtimes for the railway line the structure was welded on the shopfloor and afterwards sent by truck to the construction site. Beside the steel construction the deck part was prepared with precast concrete trough elements to reduce the erection time on site.