Technical Reports

Railroad Tank Car Fire Test: Test No. 7

  • 01
  • Dec
  • 1973
AUTHOR: Charles Anderson, William Townsend, John Zook, William Wright, Gregory Cowgill
OFFICE: RPD
SUBOFFICE: RPD-32
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/ORD-75/37
SUBJECT: Facilities & Test Equipment, Hazardous Materials
KEYWORDS: Liquified Petroleum Gases, Fire Research, Tank Cars
ABSTRACT: A fire test was conducted on a one-fifth scale model pressurized railroad tank car on 7 February 1973, The test, designated as Test Number 7, was conducted by the Ballistic Research Laboratories for the Federal Railroad Administration of the United States Department of Transportation at the White Sands Missile Range. The tank car model had a thermal insulation of four inches (10.16 cm} of polyurethane encased in a 0.125 inch (0.318 cm) steel jacket. The model was loaded with propane and then engulfed in a JP-4 jet fuel fire.

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