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New Bidirectional Heavy Device for Launching Bridges Based on Inverted Caterpillar Mechanism

Abstract: Background: This patent is based on the combination of caterpillar mechanisms and conveyors. Caterpillar tracks support heavy loads and adapt this support according to the ground conditions. Conveyors displace distributed loads continuously and bidirectionally using the force of friction. This paper describes a revision of previous patents related to this innovative design. Objective: This paper presents an innovative patent to continuously displace heavy structures safely. The mechanism was patented in 2011 as Spanish Patent ES2367737. The combination of these mechanisms provides the design of this patent to displace heavy structures continuously and bidirectionally, while adapting to the deflection of the structures. Methods: The most important elements of this patent are detailed in the paper. The most innovative component is the load compensation system, which increases the safety of the displacement of heavy structures. This system controls the load applied on the mechanism, and the displacement can be stopped before the collapse of the heavy structure. Results: An application of the patent for launching bridges using the Incremental Launching Method is presented. This mechanism is used to displace heavy structures using the force of friction. Conclusion: The patented mechanism is an original contribution for the displacement of heavy structures continuously and bidirectionally. The patent can be used to launch bridges, improving the efficiency, sustainability, and safety of current systems.

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 Fuente: Recent Patents on Mechanical Engineering Volume 10 , Issue 3 , 2017 218 - 223

Editorial: Bentham Science Publishers

 Año de publicación: 2017

Nº de páginas: 6

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.2174/2212797610666170711094553

ISSN: 2212-7976,1874-477X

Proyecto español: IPT-380000-2010-012

Url de la publicación: http://dx.doi.org/10.2174/2212797610666170711094553