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Cytec launches two new prepreg systems for railway rolling stock applications

News International-French

14 Oct 2013

The company is adding two new ground-breaking products to its rail portfolio that meet the fire requirements of EN45545-2:2013.

The first, MTM 348FR, is a versatile curing epoxy resin prepreg matrix offering fire protection to category HL2. MTM348FR, in combination with either glass or carbon fibres, offers excellent mechanical performance and is ideal for the manufacture of lightweight composite components for both interior and exterior structural and non-structural applications.

The second, XMTM30, is a development product produced from a bio-renewable sustainable source and meets the requirements of category HL3. It is particularly suitable for the production of non-structural interior components. It can be used in combination with natural fibres to create a truly bio-sustainable system. Cytec is looking for partners and projects to develop this exciting new technology.

“We are very excited about the development of these two new products”, says Dr Richard Horn, Rail Market Manager, “as they complement our existing phenolic and epoxy rail focussed prepregs. The key advantage of prepreg technology is that it enables the manufacture of lightweight complex monolithic sections and sandwich structures thereby offering weight saving and a reduction in running costs to the train operator.”

Typical railway interior applications include wall panels, window frames, partitions, archways, floors, ceilings, standbacks, luggage racks, seats and doors. All of Cytec’s prepreg resin systems are suitable for use with most formats and substrates including woven and uni-directional carbon and glass fibre.

Cytec’s Industrial Materials segment provides advanced composite and process materials for aerospace, automotive, wind energy, motorsport, marine, mass transportation and other demanding applications. Our focus on technology and application expertise allows customers to adopt more efficient manufacturing approaches. Our product portfolio supports the end-to-end manufacturing of composite parts and includes tooling, fibre, prepregs, resin systems, vacuum bagging, and adhesive, resin and surfacing films.

Photo: Cytec’s prepregs application for interior and exterior structural and non-structural applications