Connection:
Movable Bridges and Ferry Ramps

Bascule Bridge, Lowestoft Bridge, United Kingdom

Movable bridges and ferry ramps create connections for overland routes and waterways. But they also place special requirements on the automation: It has to prevent damaging resonance vibrations on bridges and withstand storm waves for ferry ramps.

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Movable Bridges

Bridges connection places and people and facilitate transport and trade. Movable bridges must fulfill special requirements: They must be reliable, durable and yet flexible. Like no other drive technology, our hydraulic systems combine high operational reliability and power density, compact design, fatigue strength, minimal maintenance and excellent controllability.

  • Bascule Bridge
  • Lift Bridge
  • Swing Bridge
  • RoRo Bridge

 

Ferry Ramps

 

The roll-on/roll-off ramps or RoRos - permit loading of trains and other vehicles onto ferries, as well as providing safe access for passengers. They actively compensate for the level of the water and the draugt of the ferry when the load status changes. Rexroth has developed sophisticated calculation methods for this purpose, which permit predetermined loading operations regardless of the water level with minimal deviations.

Ferry Ramp Baltysk, Russia
 
 
Hydraulic Power Unit

Simulation programs developed by Rexroth not only incorporate the interaction of all drive technology components, but also other factors such as natural oscillations or axial forces caused by wind loads, currents, or extreme swells. These have allowed Rexroth to equip the world's first storm-proof (typhoon) ferry ramp. Results from simulations have enabled us to design the automation so that it has even withstood the strongest tropical storms over many years.