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Analysis and Testing of Passenger Vehicle Bulkhead Fireworthiness

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Brian Herbst, Jack Bish

SAFE Laboratories, Goleta, CA

Steven Meyer, Lauren Bell, Christopher Clarke

SAFE, Goleta, CA

Paper No. IMECE2017-70431, pp. V014T14A018; 7 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 14: Emerging Technologies; Materials: Genetics to Structures; Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis
  • Tampa, Florida, USA, November 3–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5849-3
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


This paper presents a case study of an injury producing post-crash fire as well as testing methods to evaluate bulkhead pass through seal fire resistance and retention. In the subject crash, engine compartment fluids were released and ignited. The burning fluids entered the occupant compartment through a bulkhead pass through, resulting in rapid fire propagation and severe occupant injuries before extrication could be completed. A burn testing methodology was developed and used to evaluate the ability of the subject seal design to prevent flames and fluids from entering the occupant compartment. A retention testing methodology was also developed and used to evaluate a variety of seal designs.

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