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Sherman tank

A 34t, WWII Sherman tank this week provided an informal load test for the new West Mill highway bridge in Oxfordshire, claimed to be the first of its type in Europe. Built from fibre reinforced pultruded polymer sections developed by the European funded ASSET programme (NCE 6 September 2001), the 11m long replacement bridge deck weighs only 27t and was lifted into place over the River Cole by crane. Structural engineer Mouchel led the seven member European consortium that developed the 225mm deep two cell profile, more than 30 of which were bonded together to form the deck unit. Skanska took on the actual bridge construction, client was Oxfordshire County Council.

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