08 April 2008
08 April 2008
NPSP Composieten is using. DSM Composite Resins in fibre composite nose and rear panels for the next generation of high-speed Dutch InterCity trains.
Using composite resins instead of metal for these parts will remove 1000 kg of weight from the train, which translate directly into cost savings and environmental benefits. Research by Dutch train operator NedTrain shows tangible results from using the new part:
- New nose panel saves around €200,000 in construction and maintenance costs throughout the lifetime of each train
- Running cost of train reduced by €0.50 per kilo, per year
- Substantial reduction in CO2 emissions per kilometre
DSM’s resins are being used by NPSP in combination with a vacuum-assisted moulding process to produce the lightest possible front and rear panels for the new trains. NPSP’s procedure allows larger parts to be moulded from DSM’s resin than is usually possible.
Mark Lepelaar from NPSP explains the latest innovation in adding even more functional and environmental improvements to fibre and composite resin materials, “We will submit new products using DSM’s composite resins for certification with the Dutch Train authorities, based on natural-fibres, as opposed to glass-fibres. The new products are better than traditional glass-fibre based products: while having comparable strength and fire-resistant properties, they are 10-30% lighter, and therefore take less energy to transport; they use less energy in production, and are far more environmentally friendly to dispose of. The natural fibre based composites should be ready for use in trains within 2-3 years. We are confident that we will reach this goal in close cooperation with DSM Resins”
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