Specifier Review

Nansulate® Protective Coatings

Network Rail – Icephobic Coating

Network Rail is the owner and operator of most of the rail infrastructure in Great Britain.

One issue they’ve been working to solve is icicle formation in tunnels. When icicles form inside the train tunnels or on overpasses, they can drop o ff onto the tracks causing potential derailments.

Millions of pounds are spent each year removing ice before that happens.

They first began looking into using Nansulate coatings on the bridge tunnels in areas such as the tunnel eyeholes and ceilings in 2011 after becoming aware of the hydrophobic and insulating nature of the technology.

After completing a successful preliminary “phase I” trial, they expanded the evaluation project in 2013 to encompass approximately 8-12 tunnels. Nansulate coating is being used over bridge soffits and tunnel structures to provide resistance to icicle formation, thus reducing the cost for icicle removal and increasing rail safety.

Rob McCutcheon at Nanotech Coatings SW Limited

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