Umeco rail interior demonstrator parts feature sandwich, prepreg construction

Umeco Structural Materials is introducing a rail demonstrator panel that features a sandwich construction manufactured using Umeco's BPS240 format 1 body panel system.

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Umeco Structural Materials (Heanor, U.K.) reported on Aug. 30 will present its rail transport exterior body panel system and interior flame-retarded prepreg systems at the InnoTrans Rail Exhibition in Berlin, Germany Sept. 18-21.

Umeco's rail demonstrator panel can reduce manufacturing times by as much 50 percent when compared to traditional composite materials. This is a sandwich construction manufactured using Umeco's BPS240 format 1 body panel system. This system also offers good Class A compatible stable surfaces and can, in many instances, be painted straight from the mold without any reworking.

Using Umeco’s ZPREG rapid deposition technology, which comprises a stable, high-temperature structural fabric and integrated surface film, BPS240 format 1 offers excellent surface quality, even from vacuum-only cures.

Umeco is also exhibiting a range of parts made using its MTM 82S-C glass/phenolic prepreg, which was used by Ipeco Composites to make standbacks for Bombardier Transportation’s Class 379 Electrostar EMU Passenger Trains. At only 6.4 kg per unit, the standbacks provide a 40 percent weight reduction over a typical 10.5-kg wet lay-up structure.