Bridge bearings

by Kamil Nocon March. 05, 2020 177 views

At the beginning of my designing career, I was working as a bridge bearing designer in AFB-Mosty - small Polish manufacturer of bridge bearing and expansion joints.

At my work I had an opportunity to design all commonly used bearings - like elastomeric bearings, pot bearing, spherical bearing - with very interesting - lens inside. I was responsible for the preparation of tender documentation for our clients but also detailed drawings for our production team.

It was a great designing experience, I gained a lot of theoretical but also practical knowledge of steel construction production. I learned, that not always something that looks good on the paper - can be doable in reality!

Guided-Sliding Elastomeric Bearing 700kN - General view prepared for the client. (Sorry for the quality, this is only what I've found...)

Guided-Sliding Elastomeric Bearing 700kN - General view prepared for the client. (Sorry for the quality, this is only what I've found...)

Fixed Elastomeric Bearing 700kN - Bottom Plate - an example of drawing for production.

Fixed Elastomeric Bearing 700kN - Bottom Plate - an example of drawing for production.

Fixed Elastomeric Bearing 700kN in real.

Fixed Elastomeric Bearing 700kN in real.

Fixed Spherical Bridge Bearing 3500kN - General view prepared for the client. In the bottom left corner, a characteristic lens is visible inside.

Fixed Spherical Bridge Bearing 3500kN - General view prepared for the client. In the bottom left corner, a characteristic lens is visible inside.

Guided-Sliding Spherical Bridge Bearing 2000kN in real.

Guided-Sliding Spherical Bridge Bearing 2000kN in real.

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