A Chevrolet Vega Notchback was modified to insure maximum fire safety for passengers. Various fire safety devices were added. The gas tank was moved into the trunk to avoid direct hitting due to rear-end collision. The shape of the gas tank was changed to allow finite volume change and avoid spilling of gasoline. The fuel line and the filler tube were redesigned to withstand higher pressure. A honeycombed energy absorption system was installed in the rear bumper to absorb most of the impact energy due to a moderate speed collision. An integrated circuit control system which could detect fire and activate an extinquishant system was added. Experiments were performed only on individual parts, and the results appeared satisfactory.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of California, Berkeley

    Fire Research Group
    Berkeley, CA  United States  94720

    National Science Foundation

    1800 G Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20550
  • Authors:
    • Chan, Ching-Yao
    • Chi, L L
    • Pagni, P J
  • Publication Date: 1975-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 80 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00094300
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UCB-FRG-75-18, NSF/RA/T-75-032
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1976 12:00AM