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Glass fibre based composite reinforcement meets 2016 railway fire classification requirements

Chomarat Textiles Industries : 11 February, 2014  (New Product)
Chomarat's Rovicore FR helps to meet requirements for the hazard level (HL) under the new European fire classification standard for train materials that will enter into effect in 2016.
Maintains all the properties of the Rovicore reinforcements
 
  • Rovicore FR’s excellent deformability and elongation properties make it suitable for creating complex parts.
  • Thanks to the strength and compressibility of the core material, Rovicore FR is adaptable for variable thicknesses in composite parts.
  • The core is highly permeable, facilitating rapid resin flow
  • No “filtering” of fillers
  • Uniform wet-out throughout the reinforcement
Rovicore FR (Fire Resistant) is a glass fibre-based reinforcement for sandwich materials that complies with the hazard level (HL) classifications under the EN 45545 standard, the new European benchmark for fire protection on railway vehicles. 
 
Rovicore FR is the latest addition to the Rovicore line, for the manufacture of fire-resistant composite parts. It is dedicated more specifically to interior components for railway vehicles and for construction. Rovicore FR has a core that is halogen-free to minimise the toxicity of smoke in case of fire.
 
Like all the other products in the line, Rovicore FR is especially adapted to closed mould processes, including RTM and RTM Light. Its specific core construction makes it especially effective in low-pressure injection processes.
 
Parts made of Rovicore FR successfully passed the FIRST tests (Flame spread, Ignitability, Rate of heat release, Smoke opacity and Toxicity of smoke) and met the most stringent certification requirements for vehicles that travel underground (metro, rapid-transit trains, sleeper trains).
 
“The EN 45545 standard that is being set up in Europe as of 2013 should go into effect in 2016. The aim of the standard is to minimise the probability of incipient fires and control the spread of fire in order to minimise the impact on travellers and onboard personnel," says Claude Chabal, RTM Product Manager at Chomarat. Because Rovicore FR helps to meet these criteria, parts can be used on all types of railways, including underground, and on all types of train in the design of interior parts like windows, covers, trap doors, partition panels, walls, etc. Rovicore FR enables the railway market to make progress on fire safety.”
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