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Column rehabilitation - Vasco da Gama bridge - Lisbon, Portugal

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The Vasco da Gama bridge south viaduct (year of construction 1998) was repaired. This viaduct deck is 3 825 metres long and composed by 45 metre spans over 85 support alignments of 4 columns each, founded on bored piles located partly in the Tagus river bank and partly offshore. The onshore columns land on the Samouco salt pan. Some column pathologies have been detected and are in the root of the presented works. Concrete local delamination, cracking, the existence of voids, grooves and unevenness on concrete cover are examples of pathologies found. Many of these occur in the pile/column transition.

Country 

Portugal

Date 

2017

Duration 

12 Months

Situation 

Local concrete delamination, cracking, the existence of voids, grooves and unevenness on the concrete cover are examples of pathologies found. Many of these occur in the pile/column transition.

Solution 

42 columns were retrofitted, 32 of which with 2.00 m and 10 with 1.80 m of diameter with two layers of C-Sheet 240 (400 g/m2) 30 cm wide, 20 cm spaced, and using the S&P impregnation equipment for wet lay-up .

Material 

S&P C-Sheet 240 (400 g/m2) – total predicted amount of 1600 m2, S&P Resicem – total predicted amount of 2560 kg

S&P responsible site: 
S&P Clever Reinforcement Ibérica, Lda
Vasco da Gama Bridge, Lisbon
Vasco da Gama Bridge, Lisbon
Vasco da Gama Bridge, Lisbon

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