Full-Scale Fire Test of an Intercity Train Car

Duck Hee Lee, Won Hee Park, Jungho Hwang, George Hadjisophocleous

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Abstract

Fire development inside a train car is a topic that has not been studied extensively due to the complexity of the problem and the need for a real train car and the appropriate facilities to conduct these tests in a controlled environment. This paper presents detailed experimental data on fire development inside a real intercity train car. The facility used for the tests is capable of conducting such large-scale fires and measuring the heat release rate using oxygen consumption calorimetry. Thermocouples and plate thermometers were installed inside the train car to provide an insight of the fire development. A number of cameras were also placed inside the car and in the tunnel providing live videos during the test. The peak heat release rate was 32 MW at 1081 s after ignition, and the fire burned 83% of the initial fire load. Flame spread data and recordings of window breaking events are discussed and compared to the heat release rate data. A local flashover-type phenomenon where the fire involved all combustibles at the rear of the car was found to occur.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1559-1574
Number of pages16
JournalFire Technology
Volume52
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Sep 1

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Fires
Railroad cars
Flashover
Thermometers
Calorimetry
Thermocouples
Ignition
Tunnels
Cameras
Oxygen
Hot Temperature

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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Lee, D. H., Park, W. H., Hwang, J., & Hadjisophocleous, G. (2016). Full-Scale Fire Test of an Intercity Train Car. Fire Technology, 52(5), 1559-1574. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10694-015-0482-1
Lee, Duck Hee ; Park, Won Hee ; Hwang, Jungho ; Hadjisophocleous, George. / Full-Scale Fire Test of an Intercity Train Car. In: Fire Technology. 2016 ; Vol. 52, No. 5. pp. 1559-1574.
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In: Fire Technology, Vol. 52, No. 5, 01.09.2016, p. 1559-1574.

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