Rail and Mass Transit2019-08-15T14:36:17-04:00

Composites for Rail and Mass Transit

Materials that are sound dampening, corrosion resistant, mechanically strong, electrical and thermal insulators, and meet demanding FST requirements.

Increasing reliability while reducing component cost and weight.

These objectives can be met by replacing metal or cast components with high performance thermoset composite materials. Norplex-Micarta offers a full line of these composites in sheet, tube, rod and pre-preg forms that are certified to meet the most challenging rail and mass transit requirements. From braking systems to electrical insulation components for subway cars, Norplex-Micarta is the preferred high performance composites manufacturer for OEMs and fabricators around the world.

Norplex-Micarta Composite Materials provide excellent mechanical strength at a relatively low weight.

Light-weight components must exhibit excellent tensile, compressive, shear and flexural strength. They must also withstand the initial impact force of installation, as well as the repeated stress of inspection and repair. Creep resistance is also an important performance criteria; Norplex-Micarta composites exhibit excellent creep resistance, making them a good alternative to standard thermoplastics.

Norplex-Micarta composites offer insulation properties when used as an electrical barrier between metal parts. They also feature low toxicity/burn characteristics critical for applications in mass transit applications. Some materials are self-extinguishing to minimize damage in the case of fi re or explosion.

Thermoset Composites as Railroad and Subway Supports

Norplex-Micarta composites provide electrical insulation for motor mounts, generator mounts and surrounding electrical equipment used for railroads. For subway applications, composites provide electrical insulation between the car and the electrical current running from the third rail to the motor.

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High Voltage Insulation

sheet and shape

Mechanically Strong

Utilizing tough, temperature resistant, resin systems on various reinforcements to deliver robust design options.


pre-preg, sheet, shapes

Achieving Minimum Mass

Various reinforcements such as carbon, glass, and aramids that can be used alone or in hybrid systems to create new materials that are predictable, reliable, and repeatable.

Bearing and Wear

sheet and tube


Utilizing well known resin systems with new an innovative reinforcements to optimize the bulk and triboligical properties of composites for demanding bearing and wear applications.

Does a new design challenge require a unique material solution?
Speak with one of our applications engineers to discuss how Norplex-Micarta’s thermoset composites can be designed for your specific application.