MECHANISMS OF INJURY FROM CRASH FIRES

Mechanisms of heat transfer during crash fires and the associated physiology of burn-injuries are presented as a function of exposure time, motorist location and other related factors. Fire research conducted by the authors concerning large-area flame radiation exposures with respect to onset of skin pain and skin burns are presented. The relationship between temperature of a crash fire exposure and transmitted thermal energy as well as degree of burn as a function of exposure time is presented and illustrated. Respiratory irritants and toxic gases generated during combustion are evaluated and their incidence and relative hazard for automotive crash fires are identified.

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: p. 312-331

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00130753
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 21 1976 12:00AM