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Photographs of the Brunel Swivel Bridge North Beam base

Photographs taken while inspecting edge beams.
The turntable rail track probably needs to come off. The track is fixed at the moment through the lead to the soffit of the edge beams and also to the soffit of the curved turntable beams (see plates 6, 10 and 13).

Since not everybody will have peered under the edge beams, it may be worth noting that there were not many corroded holes through the base plates which could be seen from below although there was generalised corrosion visible on on exposed surfaces. However, specific deep pitting corrosion was noted adjacent to the turntable rail. This appears to be a case of bi-metallic corrosion in the immediate area around the turntable. As it happens, a thin layer of metal (discovered to be lead) is sandwiched between the turntable rail and the base plate of the edge beams. It appears that this lead was introduced to level up the bridge (probably when the bridge was re-set in its current location). BOB checked the corrosion tables and see that lead is widely separated from iron in the galvanic series for seawater (lead more cathodic, iron more anodic). As a result, wrought iron is likely to corrode in preference to lead. This means that for any repairs apart from considering how we replace the lost iron section, we will need to consider whether the lead should stay or how we can protect the wrought iron from corrosion in the future. In this location the use of a normal paint protection system will not be effective in the long term. I donít pretend to have the answer yet. The lead may be quite difficult to remove because this would mean removing all the fixings between the turntable rail and the superstructure and then replacing them but on the other hand we may need to do this to re-level the turntable to meet all the turntable wheels. The alternative may be some form of cathodic protection?? This is one of quite a few issues that we need to chew over.

Brunel Swivel Bridge
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Plate 4
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Plate 6
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Plate 10
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Plate 13
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Plate 20

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