Modern mass transportation needs to be fast, efficient, comfortable and safe. Velocity, energy efficiency and passenger comfort and safety have a lot to do with the design concept, smart components and the materials employed: the lighter train carriages are, the faster a train can accelerate, move and brake. A lighter train also uses less energy per passenger distance covered. Stronger, more durable and easy to clean materials translate into lower maintenance cost over the whole life span of a train.
Passenger comfort also requires lightweight, compact and durable materials, so designers can design train car interiors, or seat structures that offer passengers amongst other features the maximum individual space and leg room, a friendly and clean environment and excellent noise and pressure protection during high-speed motion. The key parameters of passenger safety are the fire, smoke and toxicity performance of the materials chosen. All these aspects can be optimised by using state-of-the-art composite materials and solutions from Gurit.
With over 30 years of experience as a prime composite materials supplier and engineering partner to a broad array of industrial markets including high-end applications such as today’s most advanced passenger aircraft, award-winning high-performance boats, prestigious cars or weight and performance optimised composite wind turbine blades, Gurit also understands the most pressing needs of the rail market.
EXTERIOR & INTERIOR RAIL SOLUTIONS
High FST, lightweight structural monolithic and sandwich constructions:
- PH 840 - Established Phenolic Prepreg for rail applications
- 120 FRS Range of High Performance Epoxy Products, curable from 95°C, including:
- SE 120FRS - EN45545 tested epoxy prepreg
- SF 120FRS - surface film compatible with certain phenolics
- ST 70FR - structural 70°C curing Fire Retardant Epoxy SPRINT™
- SF 80FROBL - Fire Retardant Obliterated Black, 85°C curing Epoxy Surfacing Film
- Gurit® G-PET™ FR - Structural Core Materials
- Gurit® Balsaflex™ - Structural Core Materials
The benefits of advanced composite materials are being seen and understood by an ever increasing number of industry sectors. Sectors that have traditionally used steel or aluminium structures are turning to composites for the competitive advantage they offer. No longer solely the realm of aerospace, defence and high performance yachting applications, advanced composites are finding their way onto building façades, milking platforms, surfboards, truck cabs, robotic arms, pipes and others.
The depth of expertise and experience in demanding sectors makes Gurit the ideal partner for any general industrial project considering composite construction. With an end-to-end solution, offering composite structural design, tooling fabrication, materials supply and prototyping services, customers can be confident of a well considered and technically sound solution to meet performance, budget and timescale requirements.
Gurit helps customers to realise the benefits of composites in our economically challenging and globally competitive world:
- Lower weight - reduced structural weight, easier handling, easier assembly and higher productivity
- Optimisation of mechanical properties – tailored solution to meet exacting requirements
- High fatigue life – durability, reduced replacement costs
- Corrosion resistance – long service life, minimum maintenance requirements
- Ease of moulding – freedom of design
Composites provide many advantages for manufacturing under-water structures such as tidal turbine blades, and wave devices. Composites offer strength, fatigue-resistance, corrosion resistance, buoyancy, and cost effectiveness. The needs of a young industry demand more than just a product or service provider. A wide variety of designs, many engineering and materials options, the unpredictable environment of sub-sea and the pressures of bringing new technology to market, require a partner who can see beyond the initial specification.
Gurit has over 30 years experience in innovative composite engineering and materials. From engineering the early advanced composites sailing boats, to patented material technology such as SPRINT™, to wind turbine blade tooling capability for moulds up to 80m and Class-A carbon fibre body panel manufacture for the automotive industry, Gurit has a proven capability to partner new composite applications.
Gurit has a commitment to develop new markets through the application of engineering, materials science, prototyping and manufacture ensuring a coordinated and seamless approach. Gurit‘s size, breadth of experience, entrepreneurial attitude and technical capability make for a trustworthy and credible partner for ocean energy machine developers and investors.
To discuss your Ocean Energy challenge, please send us an email via our contact form.
BALLISTICS & DEFENCE
Composites are very versatile materials and offer advantages in many different ways, particularly if the application requires strength and stiffness, with low weight. For the Ballistic and Defence market, laminates provide effective ballistic protection at a much lower weight than metallic armour materials.
Gurit has a track record of innovation in the composites industry spanning 30 years and has recently developed and qualified a ballistic phenolic prepreg, which is now being introduced to the market.
Composite armour works by absorbing the kinetic energy of the projectile as it passes through the laminate. There are three distinct stages involved in the stopping of a projectile: firstly, the blunting or deformation of the projectile, secondly, the slowing phase and, thirdly, the catching of the projectile.
A composite laminate is made up of multiple layers of reinforcement fibres and resin. These layers are engineered to de-laminate at the impact of a projectile. This effect greatly enhances the slowing and stopping of the projectile over other materials. The biggest advantage of composite armour over steel is the significantly lower weight. It can be up to 50% lighter, while providing equivalent protection against projectiles.
Projectiles do not need to be bullets. In fact, artillery or mortar shells, aerial bombs, grenades and antipersonnel mines are all fragmentation devices whose steel casings burst into small fragments when their explosive cores go off.
Gurit’s new ballistic phenolic prepreg PF 700 has been developed with this in mind. It meets the FST requirements and conforms to the threat levels required for this market. It is also suitable for production of flat panels in a press moulding process or for moulding more complex parts by autoclaves.
Gurit’s PF 700 resin has been developed internally with input from industry leaders specialising in defence applications.
- Up to 50% lighter panels when compared to steel
- Suitable for press moulding for production of flat panels
- Suitable for autoclave for complex shapes
- Successfully tested by Cranfield University, Impact and Armour Group
- Approved by AGY, meets HJ1 qualification
- Conforms to US Military specification MIL -DTL -64154B