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Analysis of evacuation procedures in high speed trains fires

Abstract: This paper uses egress modelling to explore the impact that crew procedures have on evacuating two high-speed trains under different fire scenarios. The paper begins by analysing an evacuation drill performed by the Spanish Railroad Administration, RENFE Operadora. This analysis is used to obtain input data for the simulations. The second part of the paper analyses the effects of passenger pre-evacuation activities and train crew procedures (when the fire is detected and the train is still in motion). For each scenario, multiple simulations are performed to capture the stochastic variations in egress times. The results have important implications for rail safety and also show that there are qualitative and quantitative advantages for evacuating under conditions controlled by the train crew rather than using a self-rescue strategy, which allows us to make safety recommendations for managing emergencies.

 Autoría: Capote J., Alvear D., Abreu O., Cuesta A.,

 Fuente: Fire Safety Journal, 2012, 49, 35-46

Editorial: Elsevier Limited

 Fecha de publicación: 01/04/2012

Nº de páginas: 12

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1016/j.firesaf.2011.12.008

ISSN: 0379-7112,1873-7226

Proyecto español: P65/08 ; TRA2011-26738

Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.firesaf.2011.12.008