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Hybrid Composite Beam

This is an image of a hybrid composite beam used in bridge construction.

The Hybrid Composite Beam (HC Beam) was developed by John Hillman and is being manufactured by Harbor Technologies, a Maine composites company. Two highway bridges, using this innovative beam of composite shell, concrete arch and tension reinforcement, have already been constructed: one in Illinois and the other in New Jersey. MaineDOT has embraced this technology and is using HC Beams in the construction of the Knickerbocker Bridge in Boothbay. A total of 4300 linear feet of the HC Beams will be installed with a traditional reinforced concrete deck. This is the first multi-span continuous beam using this technology.

 

ResourcesThis is a photo of a load test of a bridge made with Hybrid Composite Beams.

Photo Gallery: HC Beams

Hybrid Composite Beams Installed Ahead of Schedule in Illinois Bridge (PDF) - article from Composites Technology

H. C. Bridge Company, LLC, Hybrid Composite Beam Brochures (PDF) 2008  | 2009

University of Maine, AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center - Test Results: HC Beam for the Knickerbocker Bridge (PDF)

 

 

 

 

This page last updated on 8/16/10

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