ORPE Technologiya will produce transparencies for the Olimp

28 March 2018
The Enterprise will produce new generation high-strength transparencies for the cabins of the EP20 Olimp high-speed electric locomotives. The first sets for two electric locomotives at the facilities of ORPE Technologiya named after A.G. Romashin (a member of RT-Chemcomposite of the Rostec State Corporation) will be produced as early as in April. The new products solve the problem of icing when the electric locomotive is in high-speed motion and increases drivers’ safety.

Structural optics for the Olimp has improved characteristics for operation of equipment in adverse climatic conditions. First of all, the problem of icing of transparencies in high-speed motion (200 km/h) was solved, which used to result in decrease in visibility and railway equipment safety level. The silicate pentaplex with complex surface curvature is provided with overall electrical heating, and the heating system capacity is increased by 50 percent. The composition does not lose optical properties in any weather conditions and has high impact resistance, which provides effective protection of a driver.

The EP20 electric locomotive is one of the most in-demand in the Russian Railways’ park which was developed by the ATR-TRANS engineering center in cooperation with the French company ALSTOM. The first commercial electric locomotives were placed in operation on the Moscow - Adler railway line by the Olympic Games in Sochi. Now they are used on the routes to Saint-Petersburg (the Nevsky Express), Helsinki, Adler, Brest, Voronezh, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Novorossiysk, Kislovodsk, Minsk, Nazran, Ekaterinburg and many others.

The new high-strength transparencies have already been certified for compliance with the safety regulation of the Customs Union. During the dynamic tests the structural optics item confirmed stated properties by resisting the impact of the duralumin projectile fired by the pneumatic plant at 360 km/h.

“The Enterprise was one of the first in Russia to have confirmed compliance of the business management system (BMS) with the requirements of the new railway industry standard ISO/TS22163:2017. At present ORPE Technologiya produces more than 250 structural optics items for railway equipment. In particular, the experience of the Enterprise allowed the development of heterogeneous silicate and polycarbonate glass compositions having improved impact resistance. Such products resist an impact of a 1 kg projectile flying at 500 km/h, and do not allow reach-through breakdown”, said Andrei Silkin, Director General of ORPE Technologiya.

Thus, Rostec offers the most advanced developments in production of structural optics items to transport machine building. Among prospective areas is the development of new generation materials for high-speed transport which is an example of a transfer of aviation technologies to railway industry.