Mayor of Lincoln welcomes Malaysian Delegation to Pelham Bridge

Lincoln’s Pelham bridge was celebrated on the 4th July 2012 for being the first of its kind to use state-of-the-art technology, with a visit from a delegation from TARRC and the Malaysian Rubber Board and the Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Karen Lee.

Mayor of Lincoln welcomes Malaysian Delegation to Pelham Bridge
Above: The delegation arriving at Pelham Bridge and Dr Stuart Cook, Director of Research at TARRC, welcomes everyone.

The bridge was the first in the world to be mounted on rubber-steel laminated bearings designed by TARRC engineers when it was built in 1956. It was officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in June 1958.

This technology, which significantly reduces the transmission of vibration from the ground, has since been used for more than 10,000 structures worldwide, including residential buildings sitting above underground stations and railway tracks in London and for buildings in earthquake zones. This technology has been recently used in the construction of Malaysia's 2nd Penang bridge.

A plaque, presented to the Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Karen Lee, by TARRC and the Malaysian Rubber Board, will now be fixed to the bridge, commemorating the visit.

Mayor of Lincoln welcomes Malaysian Delegation to Pelham Bridge
Above Left: TARRC's Head of Industry Support & Engineering Design Division, Hamid Ahmadi gives a short presentation under
                  Pelham Bridge to the Mayor of Lincoln and the Malaysian delegation.
Above right: A plaque is presented to the Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Karen Lee by The MRB Chairman YB Datuk Wira Hj Ahmad
                   and Datuk Dr Salmiah Ahmad, the Director General of the MRB and Chairman of the TARRC Board.

The Mayor was impressed to learn about the effect of long service on the performance of the bearings. Eight were removed in 1994 after 38 years in service and still met their original design specification. The average stiffnesses of the bearings tested was only seven per cent greater than the stiffness observed for the original prototype, proving the material has great durability.

In his closing speech on behalf of the Malaysian Rubber Board, Dr. Kamarudin Ab-Malek, the CEO of TARRC, said, “We have very much enjoyed our visit to the beautiful city of Lincoln and in particular to the well known Pelham Bridge which we have been associated with for over fifty years. We hope to continue our involvement with the bearings in the future”.

Mayor of Lincoln welcomes Malaysian Delegation to Pelham Bridge
Above: Everyone under the Pelham Bridge in Lincoln on the 4th July 2012.

For further information please contact Hamid Ahmadi, hahmadi@tarrc.co.uk

For more information on Lincoln please visit their tourism website at www.visitlincolnshire.com

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