Gurit material featured in new London city bus

News Item From: CompositesWorld

Posted on: 10/21/2013

The company is exhibiting the rear portion of the new London city bus, made with Gurit materials and engineered in cooperation with manufacturer Wrightbus.

Gurit (Wattwil, Switzerland), global manufacturer and supplier of composite materials, engineering, tooling, finished parts and systems will be exhibiting at the Busworld event in Kortrijk, Belgium until October 23. Exhibiting at stand 816D, Gurit will feature a full scale section of the new London bus rear end produced using the company's advanced composite materials.

Gurit worked in a joint development team with the structural engineers of the main manufacturer Wrightbus to develop the overall laminate design and connection details to the steel chassis and aluminium body side and roof panels. Gurit provided material properties, allowable stresses and guidance on the modelling of composites to allow Wrightbus engineers to develop the composite design and integrate it into their existing finite element model (FEA) of the bus.

The ‘New Bus For London’ (NBfL) project uses Gurit’s trademarked SPRINT ST 70FR and Corecell MFoam materials. The five structural composite parts which make up the rear end of the bus support the weight of the engine, the passengers on the platform, the staircase and the upper deck. Using these composite materials has resulted in the saving of several hundred kilograms from the structural weight of the bus, compared to traditional materials. Gurit manufactured the prototype parts for durability and fatigue testing and has now moved into series production.

Staff will be present on the stand to discuss Gurit’s capabilities in design, engineering, materials science, prototyping and manufacturing for the transport industry. To find out more visit stand 816D.


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