Technical Reports

Fragmentation and Metallurgical Analysis of Tank Car RAX 201

  • 01
  • Apr
  • 1974
AUTHOR: Charles Anderson, E.B. Norris
SUBJECT: Evaluation
KEYWORDS: Tank Car Analysis, Metallurgical Analysis, Fragmentation Analysis
ABSTRACT: On 28 July 1973, the Ballistic Research Laboratories performed a full-scale fire test on a 33,000 gallon, DOT 112A34OW non-insulated, pressure, rail tank car for the Federal Railroad Administration and Association of American Railroads. The car was filled with liquified petroleum gas (LPG). After 24.5 minutes of exposure to the fire, the tank car ruptured. This report concerns the mapping of the fragments and metallurgical analysis of teh ruptured car, along with an investigation of the cause and initial location of failure.