CCP Composites (Kansas City, Mo., USA) reports that Bombardier Transportation, Brazil, has chosen the CCP Composites' FIREBLOCK product to be used in the manufacture of parts for the new Bombardier INNOVIA Monorail 300 system in São Paulo, Brazil.
The monorail parts, which will be used in the wheel house areas on the 378 new monorail cars, will be manufactured in Quebec by FDC Composites and built by Bombardier Transportation. The new monorail vehicles will provide the transport capacity of a subway, but with less cost and faster implementation, helping to alleviate the often gridlocked traffic in the city. The new monorail system will also aid in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by providing an alternative form of transportation, taking more cars off the road and reducing the amount of travel time for the remaining vehicles.
FIREBLOCK was selected for this project because of its ability to meet the testing standards for the industry. FIREBLOCK is a series of non-halogenated, fire-retardant resins and gel coats being offered to the Composites Industry by CCP Composites. FIREBLOCK covers a range of composites gel coat and resin technologies for a variety of applications. Based on char-producing intumescent technology, these intumescent materials swell and produce an oxygen-blocking char layer on the composite surface when exposed to flame/heat. The low density and poor thermal conduction of the char layer protects the underlying body of material from damage with continued heat or flame exposure.