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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.

Call for proposal

H2020-S2RJU-OC-2017
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Funding Scheme

Shift2Rail-RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

FUNDACION CIDETEC
Address
Paseo Miramon 196 Parque Tecnologico De Miramon
20014 San Sebastian
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 489 375

Participants (15)

UNIVERSITAET BREMEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 496 500
Address
Bibliothekstrasse 1
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DE ARAGON
Spain
EU contribution
€ 197 187,50
Address
Maria De Luna 8
50018 Zaragoza
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE & TECHNIQUE DEL'INDUSTRIE TEXTILE BELGE ASBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 180 625
Address
Rue Montoyer 24/2
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 324 428,75
Address
Brinellgatan 4
501 15 Boras
Activity type
Research Organisations
AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 212 665
Address
Calle Gustave Eiffel 4 Parque Tecnologico De Paterna
46980 Paterna Valencia
Activity type
Research Organisations
IMA MATERIALFORSCHUNG UND ANWENDUNGSTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 253 000
Address
Wilhelmine Reichard Ring 4
01109 Dresden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HUNTSMAN ADVANCED MATERIALS (SWITZERLAND) GMBH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 209 375
Address
Klybeckstrasse 200
4057 Basel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
COEXPAIR SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 235 937,50
Address
Rue Des Entrepreneurs 10
5020 Namur
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ASAS ALUMINYUM SANAYI VE TICARET ANONIM SIRKETI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 70 937,50
Address
Ruzgarlibahce Mah. Kumlu Sok. Asas Ism. 2
34810 Istanbul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NVGTR GBR
Germany
EU contribution
€ 211 875
Address
Baaderstraße 7
80469 München
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SPIRIT DESIGN - INNOVATION AND BRAND GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 172 091,25
Address
Hasnerstrasse 123 Stiege 1/4 Stock Top 1+2
1160 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ESCATEC SWITZERLAND AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 56 968,75
Address
Heinrich-wild-strasse
9435 Heerbrugg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GRAMMER RAILWAY INTERIOR GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 150 187,50
Address
Georg Grammer Strasse 2
92224 Amberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INDAT MODELLBAU WERKZEUGBAU FORMENBAU GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 58 750
Address
Gewerbepark 2
3163 Rohrbach An Der Golsen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ACCELOPMENT SCHWEIZ AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 175 312,50
Address
Seefeldstrasse 198
8008 Zurich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)