Investigation of the Fire Safety Characteristics of Portable Tanks - Polyethylene Tanks Containing Flammable Liquids
COAST GUARD GROTON CT MARINE FIRE AND SAFETY RESEARCH STAFF
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Full scale fire tests were conducted to determine the relative fire safety characteristics of portable polyethylene and steel intermediate bulk transport IBC containers containing flammable fuels. The results indicated that for both small and large exposure fires, the polyethylene tanks failed after a short exposure time presenting a major fire hazard caused by the release of large quantities of flammable fuels to the deck area. The steel tanks did not fail after either fire exposure but did, in some cases, develop large fire plumes at the vent release port.
- Containers and Packaging
- Safety Engineering