WIDER APPLICATIONS FOR COMPOSITES

During recent years, the use of composites in rail vehicle applications has increased considerably, as designers have learned to appreciate their benefits. More areas, where the use of metals was previously dominant, are being examined for possible use of composites. There is a strong need for light-weight but energy-absorbent composites to replace traditional steel and aluminium structures. Composite structures cost less to make, are more durable because they are corroded less, and are versatile enough to form complex shapes demanded by aerodynamic and ergonomic considerations. Composites are being applied to the manufacture of rail vehicle bodyshells, bogies, wheels, and pantographs. The use of composites in rolling stock is increasing rapidly in many areas of the UK rail industry, for example for vehicle end structures. Trains where composites are being used in the UK include high-speed tilting trains, electrical multiple units (EMUs), and diesel multiple units (DMUs). Market research on end structures shows that medium raked vehicles dominate this market. For several reasons, medium/high raked front end shape should be the focus of composite product development for trains. A composite end structure of this type should make feasible a driving cab to satisfy all design and market needs.

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    RUSSELL PUBLISHING LTD

    4 BOURLET CLOSE
    LONDON,   United Kingdom  W1P 7PJ
  • Authors:
    • ROBINSON, M INGLETON
  • Publication Date: 1999

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  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 43-6
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00788412
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Mar 3 2000 12:00AM