Suppliers across the railcar interiors industry have been working on products that comply with European fire safety standard EN 45545. The fruits of their labors will be on display at Railway Interiors Expo 2017, a free-to-attend exhibition to be held in Prague, Czech Republic, on November 14-15, 2017.
Duflot Industrie (Stand 1079) will promote its technical non-woven fabrics, which are designed to delay the combustion of materials and mitigate the emission of toxic fumes, in compliance with international standards including EN 45545, BS 6853, NFPA 130 and DIN 5510.
Meanwhile, Silicone Engineering (Stand 1081) will show kSil V-0, a closed-cell silicone sponge formulated to improve fire and smoke safety where high-performance sealing and insulation is needed. It is flame-retardant to UL94v-0 and compliant with EN 45545-2. The low-density silicone sponge can be used in seat/cushioning applications; the material is designed to offer great comfort and excellent recovery from extensive use. It is also formulated to withstand temperatures from -60°C to 230°C while sealing to IP67. Silicone Engineering says the material’s flexibility allows simple installation on even the most complex-shaped HVAC fittings. kSil V-0 has a compact, closed-cell structure designed to absorb vibration.
Those looking for an EN 45545-approved flooring solution can find one on wineo’s booth (Stand 2012). Purline Rail is non-slip and designed to be extremely long-lasting, being resistant to chemical and mechanical influences and offering maximum UV resistance. The company also says Purline Rail reduces impact sound greatly, is lightweight, the décor can be tailored and it boasts strong ecological credentials.
Finally, navigating the development and approval of materials covered by fire regulations calls for the kind of specialist knowledge demonstrated by CREPIM (Stand 1055). The company provides a complete set of fire testing methods to characterize how materials and assemblies react to fire. For European railway applications, CREPIM offers fire testing according to EN 45545-3, with fire resistance methods developed for technical cabinets; and according to EN 45545-2, including annexes A and B for seats and C for smoke toxicity. For the French railway, fire testing can be conducted according to NF F 16 101/102 and 201, and for the USA, according to NFPA 130, including the ASTM E 162 radiant panel test.
This is just a snapshot of the many solutions to be presented at Railway Interiors Expo 2017. Almost 100 exhibitors are expected, from all over the world, and they will show their latest innovations in everything from seats to flooring, composite materials, sanitary units, lighting, soft furnishings and infotainment systems, and so much more. The challenges of EN 45545 will also be covered by numerous expert speakers during the free-to-attend conference that will run on both days of the event. Railway Interiors Expo, which was launched in 2004, regularly attracts more than 2,000 attendees from all over the world.
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