A Makeover for Montreal's Metro Cars - New Cars Offer Quieter Ride

In the hustle and bustle of big cities, the Metro often becomes one of the most sacred lifelines to both townies and tourists alike. This is definitely the case in Montreal.  According to its website, The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) provides more than 1.3 million passenger trips each day, helping people get to and from work and explore all the city has to offer.  There's one problem though...

The metro system's cars have not been updated since it was built 40 years ago... that is, until now!

STM estimates that 468 new-generation cars will join the ranks through 2018 and these new cars will offer greater comfort, safety and performance.  All in all, these cars will provide a more pleasant Metro experience to its millions of riders.

A Makeover for Montreal's Metro Cars - New Cars Offer Quieter Ride

Bombardier was tasked with creating these comfortable yet fuel-efficient metro cars. To do this effectively and efficiently, it partnered with BASF and utilized the chemistry supplier's Basotect material for the roof insulation. This solution helped reduce each car's roof weight by 35 percent, decreased interior noise levels and minimized the loss of thermal energy in the cabin.

Basotect is the optimal noise management solution thanks to its open-cell, fine foam structure, which is very good at absorbing medium- and high-sound frequency.

These properties make this foam a great solution across the transportation industry - for trains, planes and automobiles.

In addition, as a melamine foam, Basotect is fully customizable. Bombardier was looking for a "press in place" model and BASF was able to meet this need because Basotect could be sized appropriately to fit in the roof cavity compartments of the new cars perfectly.

Basotect is easily processed by blade and wire-cutting, sawing and milling. As the raw material supplier, BASF produces Basotect in 8 feet by 4 feet by 20 inch blocks and the solution is tailored from there with the help of a foam converter.

And this solution can be used in locations other than vehicle roofs. For example, Basotect can be used in under the hood applications such as engine covers, hood liners, transmission tunnel covers and end walls.  Basotect's high temperature resistance, of more than 430 degrees F, is a key feature in these applications due to the increased use of turbo and direct injection engines that run at higher temperatures.  Basotect's low weight is also advantageous in order to help increase the vehicle's fuel efficiency.

Basotect can be used in under the hood automotive applications such as the transmission tunnel cover as pictured here. Basotect is used in automotive applications such as the transmission tunnel cover pictured here.

Aside from the transportation industries, Basotect is also a great solution for consumer and construction applications. To learn more about what Basotect has to offer, visit www.basotect.com.