Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Ancon supplied three sizes of shear connectors to the redevelopment of the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia. Better known now as the Melbourne MCG, this stadium was the main track and field venue for 2006 Commonwealth Games. This project necessitated the rebuilding of 55% of an existing sportsground.
Construction joints were positioned not only to disect the arc of the stadium and thereby accommodate the inevitable movement, but also to phase the development work. The pour sequence was devised to enable key sporting events to continue to take place at the stadium with a pre-agreed seating capacity.
The two-part installation process of Ancon DSD shear load connectors is quick and accurate; it can prove more cost-effective than the build of more complicated joint details, such as double columns or corbels.
Each connector is a two-part assembly comprising a sleeve and a dowel component. Simple nailing of the sleeve to the formwork ensures subsequent alignment with the dowel assembly: essential where effective movement is required. Drilling of either formwork or concrete is not required. Manufactured from stainless steel, it provides a high degree of corrosion resistance with no requirement for additional protection.
Concrete structures are designed with expansion and contraction joints to allow movement to take place.
Independent tests have verified the enhanced performance specifically offered by Ancon KSN Anchors when used in slab-to-wall moment connections.
Tie bars are increasingly being used in structures and buildings as an architectural as well as a structural element.
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.