Eastlink Project, Melbourne
Ancon MBT Headed Anchors have been installed on a section of the Eastlink Project in Melbourne.
EastLink is a AU$3.8 billion road project which will deliver Melbourne's second fully-electronic tollway, comprising about 45 kilometres of freeway-standard road connecting the city's eastern and south-eastern suburbs. Major construction began in early 2005 and the road opened to traffic on Sunday 29 June 2008, five months ahead of the scheduled opening date.
Ancon MBT Headed Anchors are designed to provide dead end embedment for bars in concrete. This helps to reduce congestion and simplify the placement of rebars by removing the need for hooked ends. The anchor comprises half an MBT coupler with a plate welded to one end which carries the full tension load of the bar when it is bearing against the concrete. The MBT Headed Anchor also has the added advantage of requiring no special bar end preparation.
Lapped joints are not always an appropriate means of connecting rebar.
Ancon is exhibiting at the 2016 NZ Bridges Summit on 1st - 2nd November in Auckland. The conference is endorsed by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) and we will be showcasing our BT range of threaded reinforcement couplers, our MBT range of bolted couplers and various Lifting Systems including our brand new EdjPro Narrow Anchor system.
Having recently identified issues with the performance of some batches of reinforcing steel supplied to us, we have introduced batch testing for all reinforcement used in combination with our BT coupler system in New Zealand to ensure compatibility.