Fire Tests of Amtrak Passenger Rail Vehicle Interiors. Final Report. 1978-1983.
Fire Tests of Amtrak Passenger Rail Vehicle Interiors.
Final Report. 1978-1983.
Peacock, R. D.; Braun, E.
NBS TN 1193; 115 p. May 1984.
Sponsor:Department of Transportation, Washington, DC
Available from: National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB84-217926
calorimeters; flame spread; large scale fire tests;
interior finishes; passenger vehicles; railroads; smoke;
A series of fire tests was conducted to assess the
burning behavior of the interior of passenger rail
vehicles. Three types of tests were performed: (1)
small-scale laboratory tests to study the flammability
and smoke generation characteristics of the individual
materials, (2) full-scale calorimeter tests on the seats
to determine the rate of heat release from burning seat
assemblies, and (3) full-scale tests on mock-ups of the
interior of the cars to investigate the potential for
fire hard in the fully furnished vehicles. A comparison
of the results of the selected small-scale laboratory
tests with the full-scale mock-up tests shows that while
the small-scale vehicle interior, and the interaction of
materials during the full-scale mock-up tests are
critically important in predicting the optential for
fire inside the vehicle.