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18th February 2019, Chesterfield

Innovative train seat support uses bio-resin prepreg

The seat support is 1m long and weighs less than 5 kg. © Composites Evolution

The seat support is 1m long and weighs less than 5 kg. © Composites Evolution

A lightweight rail passenger seat support manufactured from a fire-resistant bio-resin prepreg has been nominated as a finalist in the Land Transportation Category of the 2019 JEC World Awards.

The seat support was designed and manufactured by Bercella using materials supplied by Composites Evolution, a developer, manufacturer and supplier of prepregs and natural fibre reinforcements. Extensive testing of the structure was performed by Element Materials Technology.

A key innovation of the component is the use of Composites Evolution's Evopreg PFC prepreg. Evopreg PFC was specified for this application because of its fire performance, low toxicity and environmental credentials. The base resin is 100% bio-derived, thereby providing a safer and more sustainable alternative to traditional phenolics for equivalent cost and performance, the company explains.

The seat support, which is 1m long but weighs less than 5 kg, has passed a wide range of tests including static loadings and fatigue cycling. It has also met the most stringent requirement, Hazard Level (HL) 3, of rail fire standard EN 45545.

“The team are honoured to have their work acknowledged by these prestigious awards. The seat component represents the culmination of a two-year development programme by the partners and we're delighted with the outcome. We're particularly pleased with how well Evopreg PFC has performed in both the structural testing and fire testing,” commented Gareth Davies, Composites Evolution's Commercial Manager.

The award winners in each category will be announced at a ceremony during the JEC World exhibition in Paris on 13 March.

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