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Fire safety of today's and tomorrow's vehicles


2008 2008

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Abstract (summary)

This thesis considers fire hazards in the existing vehicle fleet and uses failure modes and effects analyses of three generic designs to identify and rank potential fire hazards in the Emerging Fuel Vehicle (EFV) fleet. A statistics based predictive quantitative risk assessment framework and estimated uncertainty analysis is presented to predict risk of EFV fleets. The analysis also determines that the frequency of fire occurrence is the greatest factor that contributes to risk of death in fire. These preliminary results predict 420±14 fire related deaths per year for a fleet composed entirely of gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles, 910±340 for compressed natural gas vehicles, and 1300±570 for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles relative to the statistical record of 350 for traditional fuel vehicles. The results are intended to provide vital fire safety information to the traveling public as well as to emergency response personnel to increase safety when responding to EFV fire hazards.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Transportation
Classification
0709: Transportation
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Alternative; Fire; Fuel; Hydrogen; Safety; Vehicle
Title
Fire safety of today's and tomorrow's vehicles
Author
Levy, Kevin Martin
Number of pages
78
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0117
Source
MAI 47/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549660255
Advisor
Sunderland, Peter B.; Milke, James A.
University/institution
University of Maryland, College Park
Department
Fire Protection Engineering
University location
United States -- Maryland
Degree
M.S.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1454331
ProQuest document ID
304565632
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304565632
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