Stainless Steel Applications in the Rail Industry

Two new cases of stainless steel applications in the rail industry show the material’s potential in term of cost reduction, weight saving and safety gain :

- In the UK, a 12 % chromium-alloyed ferritic stainless steel was used for the main structure of wagons that transport biomass to a power plant: http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/traction-rolling-stock/single-view/view/drax-unveils-high-volume-biomass-wagon.html%20

- In Japan, a prototype commuter train is now being tested. Its stainless steel design leads to a weight saving of about 30 % compared with conventional counterparts. It also enhances passenger safety in case of side collisions: http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/single-view/view/prototype-commuter-emu-car-on-test-in-tokyo.html

If you would like to know more about stainless steel in transport applications, a research report about the properties of the candidate stainless steel grades is available from Euro Inox and can be downloaded, free of charge from http://www.euro-inox.org/pdf/auto/INSAPTRANS_Handbook_EN.pdf

Published 22/08/2013 20:35:15 Last Modified 22/08/2013 20:38:36

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