Advantages of using IP-CCV for bridge construction
IP-CCV, Individual Pushing Caisson Carrier Vehicle, is a vehicle used to carry and support during the construction of heavy structures and buildings such as bridges in the construction yard. It moves along its own designated transfer steel track to carry heavy loads. The original purpose of the IP-CCV was to move large concrete caissons that could weigh up to 7000 tons, however, IP-CCVs may be combined with different configurations for other heavy loads, such as bridge sections.
In this article we’ll explain the many advantages of utilizing IP-CCV for bridge construction. But first, what actually is an IP-CCV?
What is an IP-CCV?
As mentioned, IP-CCV stands for “Individual Pushing Caisson Carrier Vehicle and is a type of vehicle that’s used to support and carry heavy structures such as bridge sections along a steel track in a construction yard. It can be used for both lifting and pushing (forward only), where its lifting and pushing capacity is provided by two hydraulic jacks.
Why use IP-CCV for constructing bridges?
Building a bridge is a complex process, requiring vast amounts of knowledge and expertise. Several variables, including engineering constraints, costs, and environmental impacts need to be considered. Segmental construction has become one of the most developments in bridge construction and is a proven method for delivering durable structures that are both cost-effective and visually appealing. The bridge segments can be either precast or cast-in-place.
Cast-in-place (or cast-in-situ) is often used where complex and unusual geometric shapes are involved. It is also good for bridge projects where the transportation of prefabricated bridge sections might prove to be difficult, either due to unreachability of the area or the size of the sections.
The advantages of the precast method, constructing the bridge segments in a construction yard, are mainly related to fabrication. Building it at a construction yard produces more consistency in quality products and where the bridge segments can be fabricated in parallel with early field construction activities, thus benefiting scheduling. Here’s where IP-CCV shine, helping lift and move heavy bridge sections between construction stations.
We recommend watching this video to see our IP-CCV solution in action.
Explore the Bygging-Uddemann Individual Pushing Caisson Carrier Vehicle
Bygging-Uddemann provides one of the most comprehensive IP-CCV systems in the business. It can be combined with different configurations to push and lift extremely heavy loads in construction yards. Each IP-CCV has a lifting capacity of 250 ton, 125 ton per hydraulic jack. On top of each jack there’s a ball and socket to allow for slight angle deviations from uneven underside of load topped with a pyramid to reduce the pressure on the bottom of the lifted object.
The twin-cylinder pushing jack is equipped with a grip head with wedge shaped grip jaws gripping on the sides of its sliding steel track. The jack pushes the IP-CCV forward with a stroke of 500 and has a total capacity of 25 ton.
Read the Bygging-Uddemann IP-CCV machine manual for more information on how it works and its different components.
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