Accession Number : ADA017447

Title :   Engulfment Fire Tests on Road Tanker Sections.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : ROYAL ARMAMENT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ESTABLISHMENT FORT HALSTEAD (ENGLAND)

Personal Author(s) : Taylor,A. J. ; Hards,D. J.

Report Date : JUL 1975

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : Steel, aluminium and glass reinforced plastic (GRP) road tanks, each containing 3400 litres (750 gallons) of naphtha, were tested in a fierce engulfment fire. After 4 minutes the naphtha in the metal tanks was boiling and had become involved in the external fire which grew in size and vigour. After 5 minutes these experiments had to be terminated. The tank constructed from GRP was tested for the duration of the engulfment fire, i.e. 15 to 16 minutes. Although the tank was damaged, the contents did not become involved in the external fire. The tests were limited to fire engulfment and provide no evidence on other aspects of the comparison between GRP and metal tanks.

Descriptors :   *Fuel trucks, *Fuel tanks, *Fire resistance, Steel, Aluminum, Glass reinforced plastics, Tanks(Containers), Fire safety, Great Britain

Subject Categories : Surface Transportation and Equipment
      Safety Engineering
      Fuels

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE