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Fire Tests of Amtrak Passenger Rail Vehicle Interiors. Final Report. 1978-1983.



Richard D. Peacock, E Braun


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.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) -


calorimeters, flame spread, large scale fire tests, interior finishes, passenger vehicles, railroads, smoke, transportation


Peacock, R. and Braun, E. (1984), Fire Tests of Amtrak Passenger Rail Vehicle Interiors. Final Report. 1978-1983., NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 19, 2024)
Created May 1, 1984, Updated February 19, 2017