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Composites panels and fire properties: from cladding of buildings to trains and airplanes

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Published on 11/08/17 by Amélie Cardyn
The introduction of the EN45545-norm is challenging train manufacturers and their suppliers to yield innovation along the value chain. The formulation of adjusted compounds for sheet materials for EN45545 is a resource-intensive activity. If the development of such suitable compounds and sheet materials continuous to lag behind, the downstream value chain industries will be pushed out of the market. The employment of lightweight construction in trains will then be slowed down as a result.

Meanwhile, there are important R&D opportunities to tackle this challenge, notably to speed it up by tapping into unexplored know-how of value chain partners including additive producers that are active in other sectors with stringent norms, such as the aviation industry.

On 13th of October 2017, during the EU-conference of fire safe plastics and textiles,  the cluster IBN Composites will share some of the interesting outcomes of our roadmap analysis, that has been made with end-users such as Bombardier and suppliers of additives. Some examples of complex materials and trends in both thermoplastic and thermoset composites will be brought forward. This analysis may inspire the audience and interested stakeholders to engage in collaborative R&D efforts that are for 100% ‘market pulled’, even for other sectors, such as building and construction (e.g. cladding for building), ship building and offshore industries.

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