Feasibility Study on the Use of Magnesium in Mass Transit Passenger Seats

The objective of this project is to investigate the feasibility of using magnesium as the structural material for the construction of mass transportation seats. This project involves: creating a portrait of the North American seat manufacturing industry, with an emphasis on intercity and urban buses, including market size, players, type of seats manufactured, and future trends; identifying key economic and technical issues influencing the choice of materials, including North American specifications and test standards and an assessment of how lightweight materials can meet these standards, with particular attention to crashworthiness and flammability; carrying out a cost-benefit analysis of a magnesium bus seat based on an available business case study, including a review of magnesium forming processes (Benefits such as increased payload, reduced energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions will also be examined); and developing an action plan for the development of a lightweight magnesium bus seat for intercity buses. A similar plan will be developed for urban buses.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Contract Numbers:

      200411RT344E

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Transportation Canada

      Transportation Development Centre
      800 Rene Levesque Boulevard West, Suite 600
      Montreal, Quebec    H3B 1X9
    • Performing Organizations:

      Transportation Canada

      Transportation Development Centre
      800 Rene Levesque Boulevard West, Suite 600
      Montreal, Quebec    H3B 1X9
    • Principal Investigators:

      BERGERON, F

    • Start Date: 20040000
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20040000
    • Source Data: RiP Project 10865

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01458639
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada
    • Contract Numbers: 200411RT344E
    • Files: RiP
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 12:47PM