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



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.
Technical Note (NIST TN) - 1193
Report Number


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 (NBS TN 1193), Technical Note (NIST TN), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 17, 2024)
Created May 1, 1984, Updated November 10, 2018