Accommodates High Vertical Loads
Spherical Bearings are designed for very high vertical, horizontal and lateral loads and where large rotational structural displacements need to be accommodated. The bearings are grouped into three categories: fixed bearing (restriction of all movement in planar axis); guided bearing (restriction of movement in one direction in planar axis); multi-directional bearing (allows movement in all planes and axes). All three types can be designed to accommodate uplift loads, often required during construction or during the life of the structure. The bearings are designed to be quickly and easily replaced because of the structural fastening and attachment strategy TechStar deploys. Structural rotation is accommodated by a system of convex and concave plates which are, in turn, mounted onto a flat sliding surface which allows horizontal displacements whilst the curved bearings rotate about their center of radius.