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A Review of Developing Railcar Design Fires for Smoke Control System Design

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Brian Y. Lattimer

Jensen Hughes, Inc., Blacksburg, VA

Michael Ferreira

Jensen Hughes, Inc., Baltimore, MD

Paper No. JRC2017-2327, pp. V001T06A017; 8 pages
  • 2017 Joint Rail Conference
  • 2017 Joint Rail Conference
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, April 4–7, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Rail Transportation Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5071-8
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Rail tunnel and station smoke control system designs typically consider a fully-developed fire from a railcar as a worst case, credible fire scenario. This paper provides the results of a review and assessment of the methods used to estimate the heat release rate of a fully-developed fire inside of a railcar. The review includes large and scaled railcar testing data as well as a range of modeling techniques. Important factors affecting the railcar heat release rate are discussed along with an assessment of the current methods for estimating the railcar heat release rate.

Copyright © 2017 by ASME



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