Floating, Solar-Powered ‘Dragonfly’ Bridge Can Sail to New Locations

Floating, Solar-Powered ‘Dragonfly’ Bridge Can Sail to New Locations

22 Aug 2017

The Ordos government commissioned Krasojevic to design a pedestrian bridge which would cross the Wulanmulun River, located in Ordos city, Kangbashi district Mongolia. The SailBoat bridge consists of a main floating section, three expanding walkways, and a carbon fiber triple sail. The sail can be lowered and raised by a buoyancy rotator and allows the bridge to function as a sailboat in order to reach new locations. Cylindrical cross-flow turbines function as rafts and help stabilize the primary structure.

A hydraulic telescopic secondary structure supports the pedestrian walkway which expands and contracts into the main body of the structure. The walkways are flexible and can adapt to different spans.

Caisson foundations and screw-in moorings can be used to permanently stabilize the bridge. A rotating Mobius ballast chamber hydraulically operated by a thruster and powered by photovoltaic cellsrotates the sails which are made from lightweight aluminium and carbon fiber-reinforced polymer.

Source: inhabitat


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