Technical Reports

Fire Safety of Passenger Trains; Phase II: Application of Fire Hazard Analysis Techniques

  • 01
  • Dec
  • 2001
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration: Riachard D. Peacock; Paul A. Reneke; Jason D. Averill; Richard V. Bukowski; John H. Klote
SUBJECT: Safety Advisories, Safety Regulatory Analysis, Safety Performance Measures
KEYWORDS: Fire Safety, Fire models, fire test methods, Hazard analysis, Heat release rate, Passenger trains, Fire hazard assessment, Fire computer modeling, Small-scale fire tets, Large scale fire tests, Furniture Calorimeter, Cone Calorimeter, Egress
ABSTRACT: A comprehensive multi-phase fire safety research program is being conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to demonstrate the practicality and effectiveness of heat release rate-based test methods and hazard analysis techniques when applied to passenger train fire safety. The results of Phase II of the program which focused on the application of hazard analysis techniques using heat release rate data and computer modeling to evaluate passenger rail car fire performance is presented. In addition to materials, the impact of car geometry, detection and suppression systems, and egress time on the safety of passengers and crew for representative intercity passenger coach, dining and sleeping railcar designs were evaluated.