Fire Safety Materials Testing

The objective of this project is to develop fire safety standards for performance and testing of interior materials for transit vehicles; and to update the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) 1984 Recommended Fire Safety Practices for Rail Transit Materials Selection. This research will identify and evaluate the latest fire safety technology to update guidelines for rail transit vehicle fire safety practices, including development of fire safety standards for the performance and testing of interior materials. Use of these guidelines in the selection of materials for transit vehicles is intended to reduce fire incidents, costly property damage and casualties. This 2002 project supports the update of the 1984 guidelines, Recommended Practices for Rail Transit Vehicle Materials Selection, containing tests and performance criteria for seat components (e.g., upholstery, cushions, shrouds, and frames), panels (e.g., walls and ceilings, partitions, windscreens, windows, and light diffusers) and thermal and acoustical insulation, floor structure and covering, elastomers, exterior end caps, and interior and exterior box covers.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This project is a Congressionally Directed Project. Program Information: National Research Program, National Research


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Field, Roy

  • Performing Organizations:

    Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02142
  • Principal Investigators:

    Harrison, James

  • Start Date: 20081126
  • Source Data: RiP Project 8414

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01488641
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Transit Administration
  • Contract Numbers: MA-26-5021
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 1 2013 2:15AM