Elevated GRP Cable Duct

Whether on rail routes, at airports, or in the field of energy supply, the availability of modern systems largely depends on reliable power supply and transmission of information. In this context it is important that a multitude of sensitive cables are efficiently protected against outside influences. The elevated GRP cable duct system offers reliable protection against foreign influences and was designed for difficult terrains. The elevated GRP cable duct system ARCOSYSTEM Sizes 1 + 2 was designed for topographically difficult terrains along the rails. Even in such conditions the laying of cables does not present a problem. ARCOSYSTEM Size 1 has a usable inner cross section of 100 x 150 mm and ARCOSYSTEM Size 2 250 x 150 mm. The elevated cable duct ARCOSYSTEM Sizes 1 + 2 allows a maximum distance of 6 metres between the sigma posts. Therefore a structural analysis was done and rechecked by an inspecting structural engineer. The GRP cable duct is extremely light, yet solid due to the double-walled construction of the base. The lid snaps in to the base and can only be opened with an accurate tool.

EASY TO INSTALL

Connection plate, sigma post and the GRP cable duct base and lid are extremely easy to install. The sigma post is rammed into the soil. Then, the connection plate is bolted together with the sigma post. Depending on the selected fixation with 2 or 4 bolts, the 6 metre long GRP cable duct base is inserted into the fixation. The 6 metre long GRP lid snaps in the GRP cable duct base without any additional fixings.

BENEFITS

As a result of this easy to install system the assembly time of the cable duct is extremely reduced. The simple and thus fast installation provides a great advantage. Overall, the GRP cable duct system presents a commercially viable alternative to conventional concrete cable ducts. Thanks to this solution, the project duration is shortened and the construction and labour costs are low.

  • EASY TO INSTALL
  • SNAP-ON LID
  • STANDARD SPAN OF 6 METRES
  • LOW COST Of TRANSPORTATION, SIMPLE HANDLING
  • SOLID DESIGN, MADE Of GLASS-fIBRE-REINfORCED PLASTIC (GRP)
  • NON-CONDUCTIVE, NO EARTHING REQUIRED
  • HIGH MECHANICAL STABILITY

MATERIAL

Polyesterresin with glassfibre fabrics and glassfibre rovings. Surface veil on outer surface.

MECHANICAL DATA

The elevated cable duct system is designed to withstand a working load of 0.45 kN/m for ARCOSYSTEM SIZE 1 and 0.9 kN/m for ARCOSYSTEM SIZE 2, additionally in the middle of the duct a man load of 0.75 kN and a horizontal load from wind pressure of 1.45 kN/m.

ELECTRICAL VALUES

Earthing and insulated construction are not necessary. Breakdown voltage according to
DIN EN IEC 60243-2 25 kV.

THERMAL PROPERTIES VALUES

Permanent dimensional stability between -30 °C and 80 °C. UV-resistant.

FIRE BEHAVIOUR

K 1/3 mm in accordance with DIN 53438 part 2 V0 in accordance with UL 94 S4 in accordance with DIN 5510-2 Halogenfree in accordance with IEC 61249-2-21

WEIGHT

ARCOSYSTEM SIZE 1 approx. 5 kg/metre duct and lid ARCOSYSTEM SIZE 2 approx. 7.5 kg/metre duct and lid

THE ALTERNATIVE:

ELEVATED CABLE DUCT ARCOSYSTEM SIZE 1 + SIZE 2

Plastic cable ducts made of glassfibre reinforced composite or polypropylene are considered to be an economical alternative to conventional concrete cable ducts and are increasingly used in cable route construction by railways for the provision of communications and power supplies. In addition to shortening the duration of projects, they also help to lower mobilization, installation and labour costs. The elevated GRP cable duct is based on a multichamber system and additional glass fibre reinforcement in the form of glass fibre multiaxial fabrics. The reinforcement geometry and the multi-chamber design provides significantly higher strength in the transverse direction. The system is designed such that it floats freely in the mounting heads (rigid or swivelling heads) until fixed. Once the ideal fixing position is established the GRP trough is fixed firmly within the mounting head using clamping bolts that spread the load of the mounting head on the GRP trough. Bending tests performed during development showed that the multi-chamber system used in conjunction with glass fibre multiaxial fabrics is a superior design compared to other systems. Thanks to the inclined side walls, it was possible to design the mounting head such that the GRP cable duct trough can be mounted using a floating arrangement. float mounting makes straightforward insertion into the mounting head is an important step with regard to simplified installation. Efforts were also intensified to develop a screw-free, snap-in cover, which helps to further shorten installation times. The elevated GRP cable duct ARCOSYSTEM Size 1 + Size 2 is very easy to install. The elevated GRP cable ducts ARCOSYSTEM were developed for tracks that pass through topologically difficult terrain and offers reliable protection against the elements. Cables can be laid without problems even under the most difficult conditions. ARCOSYSTEM Size 1 has a usable cross section of 100 x 150 mm, while that of ARCOSYSTEM Size 2 is 250 mm x 150 mm. The elevated GRP cable duct ARCOSYSTEM is designed for a maximum span of 6 meters between 2 sigma-section posts. ARCO- SYSTEM Size 1 + Size 2 - made of glass fibre rein-forced plastic - is extremely light, yet very stable, thanks to its double-walled construction. The cover is fitted by simply snapping it into the cable duct, and it can be opened using a suitable tool. The design capability of ARCOSYSTEM Size 1 + Size is known and  documented. Its successful use is ensured by continued use within its design limits and where public safety and order are not endangered. The minimum distance to the track centre depends on the line speed and must be determined in accordance with the currently applicable train guidelines. A thorough assessment must be performed before using the ARCOSYSTEM Size 1 + Size 2 in areas prone to snow slides and snow drifting (e.g. in Alpine regions, in cuttings through terrain and on embankments), especially in snow load zone III, or in areas in which there is a risk of falling rocks.

Elevated GRP Cable Duct

Our elevated GRP cable duct system ARCOEINS + ARCOZWEI was designed for topographically difficult terrains along the rails. Even in such conditions the placement of cables does not present a problem. The GRP cable duct is extremely light, yet solid due to the multi-chamber fixed floating system. The lid snaps in to the base without any additional fixings and can only be opened with a specialized tool. ARCOEINS has a usable inner cross section of 100 x 150 mm and ARCOZWEI 250 x 150 mm. The elevated cable duct ARCOEINS+ARCOZWEI allows a maximum distance of 6 meters between the sigma posts.

Our GRP cable duct system presents a commercially viable alternative to conventional concrete cable ducts. Thanks to this system, the project duration is shortened and the construction and labour costs are reduced.

ARCOSYSTEM SIZE 1 + SIZE 2 - ELEVATED GRP CABLE DUCT – 6 METRES ELEVATED SPAN

As populations increase around the world the volume of passenger services and goods trans-portation by rail are steadily increasing. Rail networks are expanding, and their support sys-tems demand better connectivity. Networking along English, German and European rail routes is undergoing major expansion. The provision of power and transmission of data depends upon the suitability of the cable management system. Cables need to be effectively protected against the elements and external influences if continuing power and data transmission is to be guaranteed. Cables that are kilometres long ensure that point mechanisms and signals are controlled, that electronic signal boxes are connected, that railway staff can communicate via GSM-R train radio and that other current consumers and data users can be supplied. Logistics play a critical role during expansion of this kind, especially in extremely conge-sted built-up areas, node points and in costly city locations such as Berlin, London or Paris.  In other poorly accessible areas, such as remo-te embankments, the use of heavy concrete ca-ble ducts is equally costly in terms of personnel, equipment, mobilization and possession time. At the end of the millennium, the German DB Netz AG drew up a book of specifications for buried plastic cable ducts and elevated GRP cable ducts as an alternative to concrete troughs. whether buried or elevated, plastic cable ducts need to be light. This makes them quicker and easier to install.
Difficult or even impassable terrain, as well as restrictions arising from lack of space or  ownership status along the DB AG railway routes mean that it is not always technically, operationally or economically feasible to in-stall conventional, buried concrete or plastic  cable ducts in order to accommodate and route  cables. The ARCOSYSTEM Size 1 + Size 2 elevated GRP cable management system is an economic alternative in cases such as this. The overall system is designed in such a way that the ARCOSYSTEM Size 1 + Size 2 GRP cable management system can be installed as an elevated system, on walls and on bridge structures as well as frequently being installed in hillside locations.

COMPARISION CONCRETE TO PLASTIC

A size 1 concrete cable duct has a trough weight of 85 kg; for size 2 it is 126 kg. Added to this are a cover weight of 20 kg for size 1 and 40 kg for size 2. The same duct in plastic form, whether buried or elevated, has a weight of 5 kg for size 1 and 8 kg for size 2 per me-tre, including cover and trough. Concrete cable ducts are first delivered by lorry and, in contrast to plastic cable ducts, their high weight means that only very small quantities can be delivered at a time. for size 1, a 24-ton delivery is suffi-cient for about 230 metres of concrete trough and cover; for size 2, the figure is about 145 metres. A lorry that is fully loaded with buried or elevated GRP cable ducts can carry 2,000 metres of size 1 or 1,000 metres of size 2. for installation the concrete cable ducts are reloaded on to rail vehicles and, in contrast to plastic cable ducts, must be handled with  lifting equipment. The installation team can only lift and place on the sand bed one concrete cable duct at a time with the lifting equipment provided on the rail vehicles. The high weight and difficult access to some route sections can then result in long and expensive construction times. furthermore, the track in question must remain closed to rail traffic for safety reasons during the construction work. It can be very dif-ficult to obtain possession in build-up areas or at node points nowadays. It is virtually impossi-ble to use concrete cable ducts for bridge cros-sings. with regard to transport, handling and installation in areas that are difficult to access or  densely built up, plastic cable ducts offer sub-stantial advantages.