A METALLURGICAL INVESTIGATION OF A FULL-SCALE INSULATED RAIL TANK CAR FILLED WITH LPG SUBJECTED TO A FIRE ENVIRONMENT
An analysis of the failure of an insulated rail tank car, RAX 202, which had been tested to failure in a fire environment at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, was requested by the Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation. The tank car, filled with approximately 33,000 gallons of liquefied pertoleum gas (LPG), failed after approximately 94 minutes of exposure to a JP-4 jet fuel fire. The car fractured into four fragments which were examined in the field. Five plate samples from the four fragments were selected for laboratory study at the National Bureau of Standards.
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National Bureau of Standards14th Between E Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC United States 20234
Federal Railroad Administration1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC United States 20590
- Early, J G
- Interrante, C G
- Publication Date: 1975-1
- Features: Figures; References; Tables;
- Pagination: 71 p.
- TRT Terms: Alloy steel; Explosions; Fires; Liquefied petroleum gas; Metallurgy; Safety; Specifications; Tank cars
- Subject Areas: Railroads; Safety and Human Factors;
- Accession Number: 00131039
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: Federal Railroad Administration
- Report/Paper Numbers: FRA-OR&D 75-52 Final Rpt.
- Contract Numbers: DOT-AR-40008
- Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: Apr 21 1977 12:00AM