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Passenger Train Emergency Systems: Development of Prototype railEXODUS Software for U.S. Passenger Rail Car Egress

Passenger Train Emergency Systems: Development of Prototype railEXODUS Software for U.S. Passenger Rail Car Egress

Galea, E. R., Blackshields, D., Finney, K. and Cooney, D. P. (2014) Passenger Train Emergency Systems: Development of Prototype railEXODUS Software for U.S. Passenger Rail Car Egress. Technical Report. Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG).

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Abstract

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), is sponsoring a research program, which includes investigation of the applicability of time-based egress performance requirements to U.S. passenger rail cars. This report describes the development of a new prototype railEXODUS computer software (Prototype Software) that can be used to evaluate the applicability of time-based egress requirements to U.S. passenger rail cars. The new Prototype Software is based on modifications to existing railEXODUS prototype software, which were implemented to adapt the EXODUS model for use in accurately predicting U.S. passenger rail car egress times.

All movement and behavior data for individuals (agents) within the new Prototype Software are derived from analysis of U.S. passenger rail car egress experimental trials conducted in 2005 and 2006. The experimental trials included egress of individuals from commuter rail cars using end- and side-door exits to: (1) a high platform under normal and emergency lighting conditions and (2) low platform and right-of-way locations under normal lighting. (All of the egress trials were conducted under best-case, non-competitive conditions.) This research found that the use of such software is essential for performing thorough analyses of passenger train emergency evacuation scenarios.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Passenger, Train, Emergency, Systems, Development,Prototype, railEXODUS, Software
Subjects: T Technology > TF Railroad engineering and operation
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Centre for Numerical Modelling & Process Analysis (CNMPA) > Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG)
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 14:29
Selected for GREAT 2016: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/12776

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