15 January 2013
15 January 2013
Cytec Industrial Materials, in conjunction with the Rail Alliance, recently held a successful rail symposium at the National Composites Centre (NCC), Bristol, UK.
Dr Richard Horn, Industrial Market Sector Manager for Cytec, gave a presentation on the benefits of using advanced lightweight composite materials for railway rolling stock, particularly rail interiors.
Simon Howarth of Ipeco Composites discussed manufacturing procedures and focused on the application of Cytec’s composites for standbacks produced by Ipeco for Bombardier Transportation’s Class 379 Electrostar EMU passenger trains, which are currently being run on the Stansted Airport to London link. Bristol UK based Ipeco Composites manufactured 960 standbacks for Bombardier Transportation, UK using Cytec’s MTM®82S-C phenolic prepreg, which meets the requirements of BS6853 Cat.1a, the standard governing the fire performance of rail rolling stock.
Neil Bates from Creactive Design gave a vision of the future when he presented a lightweight, modular vehicle concept for the manufacture of composite railcars.
Nigel Keen of the NCC said; “This was a really good event and we see this as the start of the NCC working within the rail industry.” To complete the presentation, delegates were given an opportunity to tour the NCC.
Commenting in general, both Simon Howarth (Ipeco) and Neil Bates (Creactive Design) said it was an excellent event with good technical interactions and the NCC is a facility the rail industry will greatly value.
The UK's Engineering Industries Association (EIA) and the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) have received confirmation of government funding for UK engineering companies to exhibit at overseas trade shows.
Solvay reports that Advanced Sensor Technologies Inc (ASTi) has selected Ryton polyphenylene sulphide (PPS) to mould protective housings for two industrial-grade sensors.
The use of composites within the rail industry is predicted to grow by up to 40% between 2015 and 2020 according to the Composites Leadership Forum, reports Fibrelite, a UK manufacturer of composite trench covers.