Wyandotte, Michigan -- BASF have developed four new polyurethane solutions to support the global rail industry, the company announced in a 25 Jan statement.
The products - Elastotrack, Elastollan, Elastocoat and Elasturan - are part of the chemical company's global plan to change how the rail industry addresses maintenance and expansion changes.
Joe Shirmer, business director, BASF Polyurethanes Systems said: "We are dedicated to being a leader in developing versatile, high-performance polyurethanes. Our rail solutions not only offer superior products, but also bring with them a legacy of world-class technical support and service for this evolving and growing industry."
In the statement, BASF outlined the properties of the new products. Elastotrack is a two component PU system that, when applied to ballast stones, prevents shifting or movement from the dynamic force of passing trains. It said that Elastollan offers superior compression set, weather and abrasion resistance, load-bearing and damping qualities, and hydrolytic stability when used for railway pads, while Elastocoat permanently protects rail structures from corrosion and abrasion, keeping pH levels accurate while adding strength to existing metal structures. The fourth product Elasturan, a damping elastomer, provides noise insulation, increases durability and minimises railroad maintenance costs.
BASF said the rail solutions' benefits include reduced maintenance costs, reduced potential for derailements and a quieter, more comfortable ride for passengers. LMH"