In the crowded, confined environment of a rapid transit vehicle, it is essential that smoke emission from all sources be minimized. The adoption of test standards and guidelines for wire and cable used in these vehicles must be undertaken in an organized, well-coordinated program in which flammability, smoke emission, toxic gas evolution, and circuit integrity are treated as interrelated components of a system. As a result of this need, standard flammability, smoke emission, and circuit integrity tests were developed for electrical wire and cable insulating materials used in rapid transit system vehicles and wayside and track installations. The objective of the program was to determine if any of the currently used materials can provide a fire-safe environment in terms of low flame propagation, smoke emission, and gas evolution, and determine whether any of these can meet criteria which will be established by taking into account the fire hazards inherent in transit systems. Wire and cable insulating materials currently in use on rapid transit systems and new polymeric materials proposed for such systems, were requested from manufacturers who had given indication of interest in the program. These samples were tested and ranked with respect to their performance during the tests. The report presents a discussion of the need for such standard tests, the criteria for the selection of a test method, the development of the test details, and a description of the standard tests. The study concludes that the objectives of the program have been achieved. Other conclusions and recommendations are presented.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also Volume 2, PB-294 841.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Boeing Commercial Airplane Company

    P.O. Box 3707
    Seattle, WA  United States  98124

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Authors:
    • Meyer, L E
    • Taylor, Amanda M
    • York, J A
  • Publication Date: 1978-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 247 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00197421
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-MA-06-0025-79-1Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1221
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1979 12:00AM