A major benefit of reinforced plastics is that the recipe – resin, glassfibre and filler types – can be formulated to precisely match the application needs.
In the case of trains and other methods of mass transit such as monorails, metro systems, trams and buses, flame retardancy and low smoke emission are important drivers.
Flame retardant GRP (Glassfibre Reinforced Plastics) formulations are therefore used for seating and for internal fixtures and fittings. Externally, GRP is found in body panelling and nose cones, enabling dramatic areodynamic shapes to be produced.
And because fibrelass reinforced plastics also make excellent electrical insulators, GRP is also used for floor panels, spark guards and arc barriers.