DEVELOPMENT OF A COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR MODELING THE HEAT EFFECTS ON A RAILROAD TANK CAR

A mathematical model has been programmed in FORTRAN IV that represents the response to a fire environment of a railroad tank car laden with a volatile, flammable fluid. Inputs to the program include total mass of lading per foot of tank length, tank length, number and flow area of relief valves, their opening and closing pressure, thickness and thermal conductivity of exterior insulation, and array of the thermodynamic properites of the lading, its initial condition, and heat transfer coefficient and fire temperature at various points on the tank. Output includes tank pressure, temperatures of the liquid and vapor, temperatures of the interior surface of the shell, mass of liquid remaining, and location of the liquid level. These are printed for the end of every computing interval, thus indicating the history of each.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Calspan Corporation

    4455 Genesee Street
    Buffalo, NY  United States  14225

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Office of Research and Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Graves, K W
  • Publication Date: 1973-1

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  • Pagination: 101 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00091319
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA-OR&D 75-33 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-AR-20036
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 26 1976 12:00AM