15 October 2013
15 October 2013
Cytec is adding two new products to its rail portfolio that meet the fire requirements of EN45545-2:2013.
The company says MTM 348FR, is a versatile curing epoxy resin prepreg matrix offering fire protection to category HL2. MTM348FR, in combination with either glass or carbon fibres, offers excellent mechanical performance and is ideal for the manufacture of lightweight composite components for both interior and exterior structural and non-structural applications.
It also states that XMTM30 is a development product produced from a bio-renewable sustainable source and meets the requirements of category HL3. It is particularly suitable for the production of non-structural interior components. It can be used in combination with natural fibres to create a truly bio-sustainable system. Cytec is looking for partners and projects to develop this exciting new technology.
Cytec says that it will exhibit both products its stand at the forthcoming Railway Interiors Show in Cologne, Germany on 12th – 14th November at which a technical paper, demonstrating the benefits of these products, will also be delivered.
“We are very excited about the development of these two new products”, says Dr Richard Horn, Rail Market Manager, “as they complement our existing phenolic and epoxy rail focussed prepregs. The key advantage of prepreg technology is that it enables the manufacture of lightweight complex monolithic sections and sandwich structures thereby offering weight saving and a reduction in running costs to the train operator.”
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