FRP Composite FiberSPAN-R Mini-High Platforms in Train Stations

May 14 2018

When the concrete platform at a Billerica, Massachusetts commuter rail station collapsed in 2015, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) closed its North and South mini-high handicap accessible platforms at its West Natick Station. The structures, built with ramps and elevated loading sections, make boarding easy for individuals with disabilities. MBTA needed a high-performance, corrosion-resistant replacement for the structures. The agency found an attractive alternative with Composite Advantage’s Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) deck panels.

The Department of Public Safety approved selection of Composite Advantage’s FiberSPAN-R product. The FRP manufacturer prefabricated two platforms consisting of six FRP panels each to match the original precast concrete panels. Design requirements included live load of 100 per square foot, mid-span deflection limited to L/500 and uplift load at 30 per square foot. Deck weight was 20 per square foot per panel with the largest panel weighing only 3100 lbs. The lightweight FRP simplified installation compared to precast concrete that is five times heavier.

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