FATIH SULTAN MEHMET BRIDGE ORTHOTROPIC CRACK REPAIRS
After completing reinforcement works in the Bosphorus Bridge in 2014, authorities decided to do the same works on the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge.
The Bridge deck consists of 244 rooms. In each room, there were six cracks on average. The crack repair procedure of the Bosphorus Bridge has been followed in the F.S.M Bridge. Distinct from the Bosphorus Bridge, ribs in the F.S.M Bridge were in trapeze form rather than triangle form. For this reason, the type of cracks increased.
In plated repairs, the turn-of-nut method was used for torquing bolts. Also, this process was tested by Skidmore-Wilhelm devices.