FATIH SULTAN MEHMET BRIDGE ORTHOTROPIC CRACK REPAIRS
Following the successful completion of reinforcement works on the Bosphorus Bridge in 2014, it was determined by the authorities that similar reinforcement measures were required for the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge.
The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge deck comprises 244 sections, with an average of six cracks observed in each section. The crack repair procedure implemented on the Bosphorus Bridge was replicated on the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge to address these cracks. However, there was a notable difference between the two bridges regarding rib design. Unlike the triangular-shaped ribs on the Bosphorus Bridge, the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge ribs took a trapezoidal form. This variation in rib design led to an increase in the types of cracks observed on the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge.
During the plated repairs, the turn-of-nut method was employed to torque the bolts, ensuring optimal tensioning. This process was conducted in adherence to industry best practices. Furthermore, rigorous testing was performed using Skidmore-Wilhelm devices to verify the torque application's effectiveness and accuracy.
As an expert company entrusted with the task, we diligently carried out the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge reinforcement works. Following the established crack repair procedure and employing appropriate techniques, we effectively addressed the cracks and mitigated structural concerns. The utilization of the turn-of-nut method for torquing bolts and the rigorous testing with Skidmore-Wilhelm devices demonstrated our commitment to ensuring the long-term durability and reliability of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge.