Huntsman Advanced Materials has developed a new resin system for interior rail vehicle applications.
Developed for RTM, Infusion or pultrusion processes, Araldite FST 40004/40005 reportedly allows faster development of high performance, lightweight composite components. Using this system, small and medium parts can be made quickly, large parts can be produced at low temperature injection and a very low exotherm enables more accurate production of high thickness parts. It enables fast RTM curing capabilities at around 5 minutes/150°C and a pultrusion speed of around 12 m an hour. This system also exhibits a high modulus and can produce rigid parts that can withstand the physical stresses and strains experienced in a vehicle application. Araldite FST 40004/40005 has achieved HL1/HL2 hazard level of fire safety testing under the unified pan-European EN 45545-2 testing programme due to its non-halogenated inherently flame retardant behaviour. ‘With Araldite FST 40004/40005, you can build shape while building enhanced functionality into the part itself. Ensuring form meets function is an essential part of our material development strategy,’ said Laurent Pourcheron, marketing manager for Huntsman Advanced Materials. ‘Interior components such as luggage shelves, tables ceiling panels and even window trims can not only deliver the aesthetic design required but also serve as complete structures, providing a more cost effective solution without the need or added expense of any additional elements.’
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