Latest Generation Composite Guards on Show at Innotrans
26 August 2014
Beakbane will be showcasing its latest lightweight composite guard technology for rolling stock applications at Innotrans 2014, 23 to 26 September, Berlin, Germany.
Beakbane explains its composite panels are built around a honeycomb core and offer high impact resistance combined with low weight. It says that, compared to metal alternatives, they are easy to fix and handle, more durable and, because of their light weight, reduce energy costs and carbon footprint. They are typically used on traction units and rolling stock to protect equipment and personnel from flying ballast and other debris.
The guards are described as complying with NF F 07-101 and the high strength thermoset polymer they are formed from is fire-resistant to European standards, including DIN 5510, BS476 Pt 7 Class 1, BS6853, and NF F 16 101.
Breakbane say a further advantage of the composite panels is that features such as reinforcements, access panels, mounting brackets can be moulded into the panel during manufacture.
Beakbane has recently gained accreditation to EN 15085-2 for the design and welding of railway vehicles and components to cover the metal components used within its composite guards. It says the accreditation was carried out by TWI Certification and makes it one of just a handful of UK companies to have this certification.The certification was required in conjunction with a major export contract Beakbane has entered into with a leading international high-speed train manufacturer.
To demonstrate the capabilities of its composite panels Beakbane will be exhibiting a lightweight under-train rock shield featuring examples of moulded- in features such as latches, fasteners and metal panels. According to Beakbane, the underlying strength of the composite material, and the ability to further strengthen it with fabricated steel inserts, make Beakbane’s protective panels ideal for structural and load-bearing applications.
Beakbane is exhibiting in Hall 8.1 on Stand 302 at the Innotrans 2014 International Trade Fair for Transport Technology which takes place in Berlin from 23 to 26 September.
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.
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