Resin Systems Inc. has successfully completed the final full load and performance test track testing of the complete composite material designed monocoque semi-trailer.
The testing was undertaken by its joint venture partner Euro-Projects (LTTC) Ltd.
RS have stated that this is a significant milestone which allows the joint venture to proceed with implementing the technology into the market.
The major benefit of the monocoque composite semi-trailer design concept and associated manufacturing techniques is its ability to produce flatbed, curtain-sided or boxed trailers for both “weight-out” and “volume out” applications. In this way, weight savings of 15% – 32% over conventional transport semi-trailers can be achieved, which offer significant payload and fuel saving advantages.
The moulded composite chassis also offers significant aerodynamic advantages and is maintenance free due to the excellent fatigue, toughness and environmental durability of the composite materials. The composite semi-trailer is also 20% stiffer than conventional steel semi-trailers and will be available at no significant cost premium. This breakthrough will improve road-handling characteristics over conventional steel semi-trailers.
Work is continuing to enhance the weight saving even further through the use of Version resins. The Joint Venture anticipates initiating testing of Version usage in the composite trailer in the 3rd quarter. This activity, when completed will be an enhancement and will not impact implementing the current technology into the market.
The next phase of product implementation includes regulatory agency certification of the semi-trailer in various countries.
RSI president Greg Pendura states, “In this energy and environmentally conscious world, cost effective, lightweight composite semi-trailers are seen as a major breakthrough.”
Resin Systems Inc is an operating division of RS Technologies (RS).
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