Spills of flammable liquids, particularly gasoline, pose a significant fire hazard subsequent to a motor vehicle crash. Various considerations pertaining to making quantitative estimates of the level of hazard are discussed here. These include preliminary data on the fire point of gasoline/vehicle fluid mixes, estimates of fire size resulting from various gasoline leak rates, limited data on heat transfer from burning gasoline spills and an approximate basis for estimating the het flux exposure time that is required to ignite the surface of a typical plastic component.
Citation: NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6147
NIST Pub Series: NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR)
Pub Type: NIST Pubs
motor vehicle fires, flammable liquids, fire point, fuel spills, gasoline, heat transfer, ignition