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Publication Citation: Fire Tests of Amtrak Passenger Rail Vehicle Interiors. Final Report. 1978-1983 (NBS TN 1193)

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Author(s): Richard D. Peacock; E Braun;
Title: Fire Tests of Amtrak Passenger Rail Vehicle Interiors. Final Report. 1978-1983 (NBS TN 1193)
Published: May 01, 1984
Abstract: 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.
Citation: NIST TN - 1193
Keywords: calorimeters; flame spread; large scale fire tests; interior finishes; passenger vehicles; railroads; smoke; transportation
Research Areas: Building and Fire Research
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