Zone: Mass Transit
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Trains, buses and subways make extensive use of composites in vehicle body panels, air conditioner enclosures and interior parts and components. Increasing demand for lightweighting in this sector offers good opportunity for more composites application.


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Lightweighting a heavyweight

Process combination produces significantly lighter overhead storage bins for big-rig sleeper cabs.
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Move over honeycomb, thermoplastic sandwich is commercialized as DYNATECH CompositesWorld

PEI foam core/skin sandwich panels claim to save up to 40 percent weight and 30 percent cost in rail and aircraft interiors vs. honeycomb.

Hexagon Lincoln wins $15 million CNG vessels order CompositesWorld

Hexagon Lincoln's all-carbon fiber composite, Type 4 TUFFSHELL compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel cylinders have been ordered to support heavy duty and transit vehicles in North America.

Thin-ply glass mat for railway applications CompositesWorld

Chomarat is launching ROVICORE FR, a glass mat product designed to help to meet requirements for the hazard level (HL) under the new European fire classification standard (EN 45545) for train materials that will enter into effect in 2016.

Composite flywheels: Finally picking up speed? CompositesWorld

A wave of new composite flywheel developments for bus, rail, auto, heavy truck, construction equipment, and power grid support promises fuel savings, improved efficiency and reduced emissions — i.e. sustainability in the global quest for more energy.

IDI Composites International's SMC compounds meet FTA standards CompositesWorld

Two SMC compounds meet Docket 90-A smoke emission and flammability standards for materials used in mass transit applications.

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