Steel, aluminium and glass reinforced plastic (GRP) road tanks, each containing 3400 litres (750 gallons) of naphtha, were tested in a fierce engulfment fire. After 4 minutes the naphtha in the metal tanks was boiling and had become involved in the external fire which grew in size and vigour. After 5 minutes these experiments had to be terminated. The tank constructed from GRP was tested for the duration of the engulfment fire, i.e. 15 to 16 minutes. Although the tank was damaged, the contents did not become involved in the external fire. The tests were limited to fire engulfment and provide no evidence on other aspects of the comparison between GRP and metal tanks.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Royal Armanent Research & Development Establishmt

    Fort Halstead,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Taylor, A J
    • Hards, D J
  • Publication Date: 1975-7

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  • Pagination: 32 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00093706
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: RARDE-7175 Tech. Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 4 1976 12:00AM