Fuji Electric Supplies Equipment for Ground-Breaking Bridge Testing Facility

Edison, NJ --- Fuji Electric Corp. of America announces its role as a critical equipment provider in the recent unveiling of the world's first accelerated bridge-testing facility. The Bridge Evaluation and Accelerated Structural Testing (BEAST) lab, located at Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ will provide valuable data and insight into the degradation of bridges due to environmental and maintenance factors in a matter of weeks or months instead of years or decades. The electronics manufacturer’s VG Drive plays an integral role in the facility, powering the winch that propels the truck chassis over the bridge deck.

Designed and constructed through a collaborative effort between Rutgers University’s Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) and Applied Research Associates (ARA), the project spanned 6 years from start to finish, beginning with the conceptual phase in 2009 and completing construction in the spring of 2015. The laboratory provides a condensed view into the effects that the environment and heavy traffic have on full-scale bridge decks and substructures that take the brunt of wear and tear. Test results will give bridge owners more confidence in decisions relating to materials and rehabilitation methods.

Fuji Electric’s 460V three-phase 132KW VG Drive is a high performance, low voltage systems drive designed with advanced technology, typically used in sophisticated applications requiring high performance and low maintenance. The driving force of the BEAST’s carriage is a winch built by Foley Material Handling, Inc. Including a 400 HP Continuous Duty Motor, the drive train accelerates the test carriage from 0-20mph in a distance of 20ft. The carriage then travels 60 feet at constant velocity before decelerating to zero speed in 20ft and reversing direction.

For more information, visit http://www.americas.fujielectric.com

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