Accession Number : ADA301960

Title :   Assessment of the Risks Associated with the Use of Carbon Fibers in Surface Transportation.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Oct 78-Jan 80,

Corporate Author : TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS CENTER CAMBRIDGE MA

Personal Author(s) : Hathaway, W. T. ; Hergenrother, K. M. ; Bogner, C. E.

PDF Url : ADA301960

Report Date : JUN 1980

Pagination or Media Count : 109

Abstract : This report presents the results of an assessment of the potential risks associated with the use of carbon-fiber composites in the surface transportation system and the development of a data base on the vulnerability of the surface transportation system to airborne carbon fibers. In conducting the risk assessment estimated the potential usage rate of carbon-fiber composites in surface transportation, the frequency and severity of vehicle fires and the expected carbon-fiber release from the composite in a fire. In developing the data base on the vulnerability, TSC reviewed and analyzed the electrical and electronic systems present in the various surface-transportation modes.

Descriptors :   *RISK, *LAND TRANSPORTATION, *CARBON FIBERS, *HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, DATA BASES, TRANSPORTATION, COMPOSITE MATERIALS, AIRBORNE, VULNERABILITY, ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, RATES, SURFACES, VEHICLES, ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT.

Subject Categories : Laminates and Composite Materials
      Surface Transportation and Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE