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Performance of Tank Car Pressure Relief Devices Under Fire Conditions

Document Series
Research Results
Federal Railroad Administration
Report Number
RR 20-10
Subject Hazardous Materials
Tank cars, fire test, Pressure Relief Device, PRD, hazardous materials, HAZMAT, ethanol, water, pool fire, ASME, pressure vessels, rolling stock

Between August and October 2018, an initial series of tests with water as lading were conducted at Underwriters Laboratories (UL) in Northbrook, IL, to confirm test and instrumentation setup and baseline PRD performance. In August 2019, a subsequent series of tests using ethanol, a flammable liquid, as lading were conducted at the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung [BAM]) in Germany.

Last updated: Friday, June 5, 2020