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Designing the railway of the future: Fire resistant composite materials and smart modular design

Objective

Europe’s railway industries require a step change in technologies and design for the next generation of rail vehicles in order to remain competitive globally. Innovative materials and modular design for rolling stock are considered to become key to success. Composite materials with their unique properties (lightness, repairabillity, corrosion resistance…) have demonstrated a high potential for lighter, more energy- and cost-efficient structural components in relevant sectors such aeronautic or automotive industries. However, currently available structural composites do not meet Fire, Smoke & Toxicity requirements of the railway sector, and thus cannot be used for the manufacturing of carbodyshell parts.
Mat4Rail will face these challenges through a two-tier approach: In work stream I, our materials team (including resin producers, composite manufacturers, and experts on joining technologies and testing) will: i) synthesize novel fire retardant resins (epoxy, benzoxazine or hybrids) and manufacture composite batches; ii) modify fatigue and static load cases according to new requirements for polymeric materials; iii) further develop structural adhesive bonding combined with riveting and bolting for permanent and non-permanent joints and the repair of the new composites; and iV) assess novel design concepts for access door systems using new materials and joining technologies. In work stream II, our specialised design and engineering teams will develop new concepts for interior design of rolling stock including: i) plug and play systems which function like a limbic technical and power system for new electric utilities; ii) innovative lightweight seats and iii) a compact and ergonomic driver’s desk. Together, our multi-disciplinary consortium of 7 SMEs, 3 large industries, 5 RTDs and 1 UNI clearly has the experience and skills required to deliver innovations for uptake by the Shift2Rail JU members and the European railway industries.
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FUNDACION CIDETEC

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EU Contribution

€ 489 375

Participants (15)

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UNIVERSITAET BREMEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 496 500

INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DE ARAGON

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 197 187,50

CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE & TECHNIQUE DE L'INDUSTRIE TEXTILE BELGE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 180 625

RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 324 428,75

AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 212 665

IMA MATERIALFORSCHUNG UND ANWENDUNGSTECHNIK GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 253 000

HUNTSMAN ADVANCED MATERIALS (SWITZERLAND) GMBH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 209 375

COEXPAIR SA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 235 937,50

ASAS ALUMINYUM SANAYI VE TICARET ANONIM SIRKETI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 70 937,50

NVGTR GBR

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 211 875

SPIRIT DESIGN - INNOVATION AND BRAND GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 172 091,25

ESCATEC SWITZERLAND AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 56 968,75

GRAMMER RAILWAY INTERIOR GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 150 187,50

INDAT MODELLBAU WERKZEUGBAU FORMENBAU GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 58 750

ACCELOPMENT AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 175 312,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 777595

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2017

  • End date

    30 September 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.4.8.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 495 216,25

  • EU contribution

    € 3 495 216,25

Coordinated by:

FUNDACION CIDETEC

Spain