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F900 trench covers for areas imposing high loads

News International-French

3 Feb 2016

Highly engineered lightweight composite trench covers for areas imposing high loads

Fibrelite can now provide lightweight alternative to traditionally used heavy concrete and metal access covers for areas with particularly high wheel loads such as aircraft pavements, taxiways of civil airports, shipping ports and dockyards.

"Having re-configured the internal fibreglass architecture we can meet the permanent set and test load requirements of BS EN 124, Class F900 (when tested in accordance with the Air BP test footprint)" explains David Holmes, Fibrelite's Technical Director and Head of Product Development. "The biggest single benefit of using Fibrelite's composite covers at the higher load ratings is their strength to weight ratio - very strong and still manually lifted."

The request for Fibrelite to provide F900 heavy duty trench covers initially came from the UK's largest container port in the South-East of England. Their work inspectors were exploring replacement options for extremely heavy and corroding steel covers that had been installed years earlier, these extremely heavy covers required a crane and dedicated lifting equipment, which incurred a financial cost with equipment and manpower to lift the covers every time the ships come into dock.