Glass fiber is a transformative material. Since the mid-20th century, fiberglass has been making transportation faster, safer, and more affordable on both a macro and micro scale. Mass transit is one of the sectors of transportation that have been impacted the most by developments in glass fiber technology.
Here are four ways glass fiber is making mass transportation a more viable option for big cities all across the world.
- Fiberglass streamlines mass transit construction.
Because glass fiber composites can be molded on-site or to highly-controlled specifications, they are an ideal solution for construction projects in and around urban centers. Requiring less back-end labor to install and affix, composite transit components (rail cars, bus seats, light-rail panels) are relatively inexpensive as well as easier and faster to produce. By minimizing disruption during the building process, cities can mitigate the impact new transit construction has on both businesses and consumers.
- Transit utilizing fiberglass is safer than ever.
At B&W Fiberglass, we’ve expounded before on the safety benefits of glass composites in transportation. Particularly useful for rail, glass composites better absorb shock, cut through wind, and hold up longer in the event of an accident. One of the primary benefits of mass transportation is that it is generally far safer than vehicular travel; composites made from glass thread are exponentially improving the ability of cities to safely and efficiently move residents.
- Glass composites make mass transit more cost-effective.
Composites made using glass thread aren’t just stable and strong, they’re economically preferable to traditional materials such as steel. Composites are cost-efficient for a variety of reasons: production process, supply-chain logistics, and material procurement. When cities spend less on each element of a transit project they can build further, faster, and move more people. Superior strength-to-weight ratio and parts consolidation are two of the greatest value-adds of glass-imbedded composites for transit.
- Glass composites require less maintenance.
When cities spend less to maintain mass transit solutions, everyone wins. As infrastructure ages around the globe, cities are increasingly replacing maintenance-heavy materials such as aluminum, wood, and steel with materials that have more staying power. Fiberglass composites offer incredibly longevity, particularly for outdoor applications; high-use components of transportation devices also benefit from fewer maintenance issues when constructed from composites.
Glass fiber composites are one of the most innovative developments ever in the transportation sector. For cities, fiberglass and other glass composites haven’t just made mass transit more feasible, they’ve made it a reality.
Do you have questions about B&W’s role in the transportation industry? Our team would be happy to talk to you more about how our solutions can change your project for the better.