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dc.creatorBrown, Hart Stefan
dc.descriptionDue to the character of the original source materials and the nature of batch digitization, quality control issues may be present in this document. Please report any quality issues you encounter to, referencing the URI of the item.en
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references: p. 71-77.en
dc.descriptionIssued also on microfiche from Lange Micrographics.en
dc.description.abstractThe intersection between the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) Valley Junction line and Texas A&M University (TAMU) poses a significant potential or risk to the people who utilize the campus. The line carried over I 1,000 loads of hazardous material in 1995.(') The release of hazardous cargo occurring along a 1.2 mile stretch of track near TAMU could produce disastrous results. An ignition of flammable material released could affect tens of people near the tracks. For a release of a toxic material, the effects could reach in the hundreds. For a release of a flammable material followed by an explosion, thousands of people could be affected. The probability of an initiating event (e.g. a derailment, a collision, or terrorist act) occurring is 0.049808 each year. The probability of a release following an imt- iating event is 0.00090' ) each year. Therefore the probability of an initiating event occurring followed by a release is 0.000045. A qualitative analysis shows that this event is undesirable and requires a management decision. A contingency plan for the release of hazardous materials along the track appears warranted in an attempt to reduce the effects of a hazardous release of flammable or toxic materials. Based on the analysis presented herein, the only meaningful solution to eliminate the probability of a potentially catastrophic incident from occurring is to relocate the tracks. Constructing a bridge and raising the tracks would increase the probability of an incident followed by a release.en
dc.publisherTexas A&M University
dc.rightsThis thesis was part of a retrospective digitization project authorized by the Texas A&M University Libraries in 2008. Copyright remains vested with the author(s). It is the user's responsibility to secure permission from the copyright holder(s) for re-use of the work beyond the provision of Fair Use.en
dc.subjectsafety engineering.en
dc.subjectMajor safety engineering.en
dc.titleAn analysis of railroad accident dynamics in College Station, Texasen
dc.typeThesisen engineeringen
dc.format.digitalOriginreformatted digitalen

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