Cable-stayed bridge: What is at stake?

Cable-stayed bridges are the most cost-effective solution for spans and cantilevers measuring between 100 and 500 metres. Stay cables are used to transfer structural load or to hold a structure without using piers or columns.

Stay cables can also be applied to tie-downs, bow strings, extradosed bridges, or hangers in suspension bridges.

They are safe and durable structures that can be inspected (or have its cables replaced) with minimum impact on daily operations.

Lastly, cable-stayed bridges, being light and airy, are the perfect solution for bridge owners who want to build an iconic and awe-inspiring structure!

How VSL can help you

Stay cables are subjected to high tensile forces and stress variations – making them a very complex assemblage. The VSL stay cable system is the result of 40 years of constant R&D and meticulous rounds of improvements on the components, including:

  • tensile elements that carry the load;
  • anchor component that allow for load transfer to the structure;
  • cable encapsulation to provide protection against environmental factors;
  • extra protection against vandalism, fire, blast;
  • devices for control of vibration and deviation loads.

VSL masters both the system and the project management, from design to project execution – and even includes maintenance and repairs.

VSL has designed and installed stay cable systems on over 270 bridges worldwide – many of which are iconic references and world-firsts.

What are the VSL cable-stayed bridge solutions?

1. A turnkey solution encompassing :

  • design and engineering services
  • supply and installation of the stay-cable system.
Our VSL stay cable turnkey solution can be provided as a stand-alone service or as a component of wider bridge construction services.


2. A range of complementary solutions to enhance their protection, durability and safety for the end users, as well as the aesthetic beauty of cable-stayed bridges:

  • Fire protection
  • Blast protection
  • De-icing
  • Anti-vibration and anti-seismic protection
  • VSL LEDsPlay®

3. Monitoring and data analysis services, inspection & engineering assessment, preventive maintenance, structural repairs and upgrading.

Discover our Case Studies

Here is a selection of our references.
LOTHIAN AND FIFE, United Kingdom
2015 – 2017
Beli Manastir/Osijek, Croatia

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