Using Wedge Wire As an Architectural Feature of Buildings and Bridges

Architecture requires a great deal of work and processing. Developing any kind of structure, whether it be a building or a bridge, there are all kinds of requirements to be considered and thought out, including how the design of the structure in question works practically and aesthetically.

Bridges are used in different ways and so require different designs; a footbridge across a small river, for example, will be much less complex than a bridge crossing a large body of water. Larger bridges need to be able to support people and vehicles of varying sizes whilst consistently enabling safe passage; for example, if it rains it’s important that the bridge doesn’t become too wet, as it will become too slippery to cross safely.

It’s vital that manufacturers are able to work with clients to develop high quality structures and substructures for optimal safety, security and practicality. Carbis Filtration has worked on several projects using high strength and quality wedge wire screens as an architectural feature.

What is Wedge Wire?

Wedge Wire is a welded steel structure that is primarily used for filtration, separation and retention.

Wedge Wire is made up of surface profiles and support profiles. The surface profiles are usually v-shaped to allow for filtrate flow through, and are welded onto support profiles

For the purposes of proper filtration, Wedge Wire’s determines the direction of the flow through its design. This is determined specifically by the direction of the surface profiles in relation to the support profiles, and standard wedge wire screens either direct flow-out-to-in or flow-in-to-out, known as FOTI and FITO respectively.

Wedge wire filters have a lot of advantages from an architectural perspective. For one, the material is very strong, making it ideal for use in the construction. Wedge wire screens are self-supporting as each intersection has been welded,
The design of such screens also minimises clogging, which is ideal for bridges that have to deal with debris, rain, spillages and so on.

Who Develops Wedge Wire?

As well as selling process filtration equipment and vessel internals, manufacturers like Carbis Filtration have developed bespoke architectural wedgewire screens to be used in a number of high profile projects, including:
• Thompson Street Foot Bridge
• Dublin Airport
• Kings Cross Underground London
• Arsenal Emirates Stadium

Carbis’ engineers work with the client from concept to the end, helping them to develop the design and meet whatever requirements the client has. This level of flexibility makes them a popular choice of manufacturer as there is plenty of scope for adjustment to meet the various needs of different organisations. For example, their alloy welding service enables them to cut metal into whatever shape is required.

Carbis’ wedge wire screens are usually constructed in stainless steel for the purposes of durability, but the will produce them in other alloy metals is requested. The screens were developed to cope under the pressures of external forces, from the weather to the strain of pedestrians and traffic. What’s more, their products are manufactured in accordance with the BSEN ISO 9001 quality accreditation. If you’re in need of a manufacturer for a construction project, they’re easily one of the best around.