04 September 2012
04 September 2012
Umeco Structural materials will be presenting its rail transport exterior body panel system and interior flame-retarded prepreg systems on stand number 110 in the Interiors hall (5.1) at the InnoTrans Rail Exhibition in Berlin between 18th and 21st September, 2012.
Umeco says it will be exhibiting a rail demonstrator panel which can reduce manufacturing times by as much 50% when compared to traditional composite materials. This is a sandwich construction manufactured using its innovative BPS240 format 1 body panel system. Umeco explains that this system also offers excellent class ‘A’ compatible stable surfaces and can, in many instances, be painted straight from the mould without any reworking.
Umeco is also exhibiting a range of parts made using its MTM82S-C glass/phenolic prepreg, which was used by Ipeco Composites to make standbacks for Bombardier Transportation’s Class 379 Electrostar EMU Passenger Trains. It says National Express, the train operator, is benefiting from reduced in-service operation and maintenance costs brought about through a significant weight saving and the robust nature of prepreg composite parts. At only 6.4kg per unit, the standbacks provide a 40% reduction over a typical 10.5kg wet lay-up structure.
Toho Tenax is introducing a high-tensile, highly shock-resistant prepreg that incorporates carbon fibre developed for aerospace applications and carbon nanotubes (CNTs).
NTPT is collaborating with the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne - Swiss Centre of Technology (EPFL) and other partners to research discontinuous fibre composite tubes for high performance applications.
Hexcel is promoting its range of composite materials for skis, snowboards and other high performance winter sports equipment at ISPO Munich 2018 on 28-31 January.