Marietta, Georgia -- Dow Chemical Co. will introduce the Traxsys Rail Boot System in North America and present its extensive rail technologies portfolio at the AREMA Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, 29 Aug - 1 Sept 2010. Dow experts will be on hand at booth No 130/128 to discuss how its offerings can advance rail transport safety and extend the working life of tracks, platforms and equipment.
Dow says the Traxsys System, which debuts in North America after being successfully applied in a number of projects in the UK, is designed to reduce noise and vibration while offering resilient track support and excellent electrical insulation. Traxis is made from a microcellular polyurethane elastomer, and can be used for grooved or conventional rails and is custom-moulded for each rail profile to ensure top performance.
The system is easy to assemble and install, according to Dow.
"Railroads in North America face a rapidly growing demand for services," commented David Frost, Dow's business development manager for rail. "To meet this demand, the infrastructure needs to be reliably protected and optimally maintained, he continued, noting that Dow has worked with the European rail industry on solutions to corrosion, abrasion, weathering or water damage.
"We're eager to put our advanced technologies in the service of the railroads on this side of the Atlantic," Frost commented.
Other Dow technology for ballast reinforcement and track stabilisation will feature in a technical session at AREMA, where Dr. Peter Woodward, an expert in geotechnical engineering, will present a paper on, "Improving the Safety of the Railway Infrastructure Using In-Situ Polyurethane Geocomposites," at 2.00 pm Tuesday 31 Aug.
Delegates will learn more about this unique technology that combines a Dow polyurethane system and advanced computer modeling simulation to identify and repair ballast deformation and improve overall railway track safety and performance.