AIMPLAS efficiently participated within the just lately accomplished MAT4RAIL European challenge, which developed new supplies and parts to design the "railway of the long run".
Mission aims included decreasing weight by changing steel parts with composite supplies whereas growing automobile capability and passenger consolation. The challenge began in 2017 and was coordinated by CIDETEC.
AIMPLAS 'function was to develop new formulations of hybrid resins with improved flame unfold resistance to be utilized in fiber bolstered polymers. The outcomes are promising and the brand new formulations could also be helpful in building, automotive and aeronautical purposes.
As well as, the properties of those new supplies have been evaluated within the structural elements with a view to exchange the steel parts. To this finish, collaborative work has been carried out to enhance particular rules on the calculation of fatigue necessities. The work consisted in taking part in standardization processes for the design and calculation of trams utilizing sensor monitoring. The joints between the supplies (i.e. composites and metals) have been assessed with the goal of bettering them.
The challenge additionally concerned modifying the design of the cabins and seats by incorporating new applied sciences and communication methods. The purpose was to extend security, detect overseas objects on the rails and enhance intercom. Modular trolleys have additionally been developed to permit a spread of configurations via multifunctional panels with completely different connections for the gadgets.
The implementation of this challenge is predicted to enhance the rail infrastructure by way of prices, operation, reliability, punctuality, elevated capability and vitality effectivity.
The MAT4RAIL challenge was funded by the Shift2Rail Joint Enterprise (S2R JU), a public-private partnership within the rail sector created Horizon 2020, grant settlement quantity 777595.