Evaluation of Passenger Train Car Materials in the Cone Calorimeter.
Evaluation of Passenger Train Car Materials in the Cone
Peacock, R. D.; Bukowski, R. W.; Markos, S. H.
Fire and Materials '98 International Conference, 5th.
Proceedings. Interscience Communications Ltd. February
23-24, 1998, San Antonio, TX, Interscience
Communications Ltd., London, England, 263-274 pp, 1999.
Fire and Materials, Vol. 23, 53-62, 1999.
passenger trains; cone calorimeters; evaluation;
flammability; ASTM E162; smoke emissions; ASTM E662
Recent advances in fire test methods and hazard analysis
techniques make it useful to re-examine passenger train
fire safety requirements. The use of test methods based
on heat release rate (HRR), incorporated with fire
modeling and hazard analysis, could permit the
assessment of potential hazards under realistic fire
conditions. The results of research directed at the
evaluation of passenger train car interior materials in
the Cone Calorimeter are presented. These measurements
provide data necessary for fire modeling as well as
quantitative data that can be used to evaluate the
performance of component materials and assembiles. The
Cone Calorimeter test data were also compared with test
data resulting from individual bench-test methods
specified in the FRA fire safety guidelines. The
majority of the tested materials which meet the current
FRA guidelines show comparable performance in the Cone