The Elastomeric POT bearings are used to control the interaction of loads and movements between the beams and piles that support a structure. Main use is on bridges. In bridges they are part of the structural assembly, helping normal displacement and to partially absorb the energy of thermal expansion of the beams.

POT type bearings manufactured by Cauchos Vikingo® show excellent resistance to aging.

They do not become soft or hard at high temperatures and remain their elasticity and usability through prestressing during long periods of time. We use Neoprene for our POT devices.

Bearing Types

Each POT bearing fulfills a particular function based on structural calculations. We can differentiate the following types.

The process begins with a receipt of the requirements specified by the customer. Type of bearing is determinated. They are categorize the following way:

Firm PFV type POT Bearings have zero displacement. Its function is to absorb the horizontal forces from any direction. Its design makes movement between the base and piston is reduced almost to zero.

Used Standards: ASSHTO, ASTM, NEVI-12, ISO9001:2015

apoyo POT Fijo de caucho

The PUV type bearings allow unidirectional movement of the bearing and has the ability to absorb perpendicular horizontal forces. The stainless steel plates ensure smooth sliding on the central guide. The bearings are made of vulcanized high quality neoprene according to the standards ASSHTO, ASTM and Nevi-12.

apoyo POT unidireccional

PVL type bearings facilitate movement in any direction, thus achieving not to absorb any horizontal forces. The lateral displacements are more limited compared to other types of displacement. For not having guides its lower stainless steel plates give movements in any direction. Made of vulcanized high quality neoprene rubber according to standard ASSHTO, ASTM and NEVI-12.

apoyo POT Libre


All our bearings are made to measure, based on customer specifications

  • They are formed of layers of elastomer, steel plates, stainless steel and PTFE depending on the case.
  • Vulcanized high quality neoprene rubber according to the standard ASSHTO.
  • Inner steel plates ASTM A36.
  • NEVI-12 standards
  • Made under ISO quality standard 9001:2015
  • European standard EN-1337-5

Technical Specifications of Neoprene




Testing Method

IR Spectroscopy Neoprene FT-IR spectrum ASTM D3677-10
Indentation Hardness 50±10* Shore A ASTM D 2240
Tensile Strength >190 Kgs /cm² ASTM D 412
Elongation at Break 45 a 65 ≥425
56 a 65 ≥350
66 a 75 ≥300
% ASTM D 412
Rubber-steel Adherence ≥11.8 N/mm ASTM D429 Method B
Tearing Resistance ≥32 kNm ASTM D624 (Mold C)
Resistance to Low Temperature -30 ºC ASTM D 1329
Resistance to Ozone No cracks ASTM D 1149  (D518 method A) 100 ppm O (100 hours a 38ºC)
Deformation Remnant 35 % of maximum ASTM D 395 Method B (22 hours a 100º C)
Thermal Aging 15
± Shore A
% Initial charge
% Initial elongation
ASTM D573 For hot air (70 HORAS 100º C)
Construction method for bridge bearings AASHTO M251

Technical Characteristics of A36 Steel

Elastic limit (MPA) ≥ 250
Tensile strength (MPA) ≥ 390
Minimum elongation 200 mm (%) ≥ 20
Minimum elongation 50 mm (%) ≥ 23

Technical Characteristics of Astm A240 Steel

Elastic limit (MPA) ≥ 340
Tensile strength (MPA) ≥ 517
Minimum elongation 200 mm (%) ≥ 30


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