Predictions of Probabilities of Sustained Fires for Combat Damaged Vehicles
Technical rept. Jul 1985-Aug 1986
ARMY BALLISTIC RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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A simple model was used to predict combat induced fires of flammable components except ammunition carried on combat vehicles. Five U.S. Army ground vehicles were examined. Eight attacking weapons were considered. Fuel temperatures from 8 C to 53 C were included. The model was based as much as possible on existing data which simply did not cover all situations of interest. Considerable personal judgment was required. Nevertheless, the importance of certain vehicle properties include engine design, fuel cell location, vehicle material and the presence of an automatic fire suppression system. Keywords HMMVWHigh Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles, 125 MM Heat, RPG-18, 30MM APDSArmor Piercing Discarding Sabots, 12.7 MM, Sustained fires, Diesel fuel, Fire resistance, M1A1, M113A1, Improved TOW missiles.
- Safety Engineering
- Combat Vehicles