The Spanish-based AIMPLAS Plastics Technology Center recently announced its participation in the European MAT4RAIL project, which aims to reduce the weight of the locomotive by replacing the structural components with fiber-reinforced polymers (FRPs), while increasing the capacity of the vehicle and enhancing the intelligent modular design of the interior space. Passenger comfort.
Beginning in October 2017, the project has developed new epoxy resin formulations that have improved flame retardant properties for use in FRPs. The MAT4RAIL program will last for two years and will be coordinated by CIDETEC (Spain).
With the implementation of the project, rail infrastructure is expected to improve in terms of cost, functionality, dependencies and timeliness, improved capacity and energy efficiency, and reduced life cycle costs: innovative materials and modules for railway rolling stock will be developed The design reduces the weight of the train by replacing the metal parts with FRP that meets the mechanical and fire performance standards.
In addition, the project has involved 15 research institutes, SMEs, large companies and a university from seven European countries and received funding from Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking (S2R JU). The S2R JU is one of the partners of the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program.