Safety of Train Passengers in a Tunnel

  • Kim, Dong-Jin (Department of International logistics and port management Pusan National University) ;
  • Moon, Dae-Seop (Railway Policy and Logistics Research Department Korea Railroad Research Institute) ;
  • Moon, Seong-Am (Department of Business Administration Korea National Defense University) ;
  • Hwang, Young-Ha (Department of Operations Research Korea National Defense University)
  • Published : 2007.02.28


Along with the opening of the high speed railroad in 2004, the number of long tunnels constructed is increasing and will be continued. In this respect, the fro inside the tunnels is a main cause of drastic damages to both facilities and lives of passengers on board, especially more severe consequences are expected if the fire occurs on a train in urban area. Even though, the threat to human lives due to the increasing number of tong tunnels and increasing train operation times inside such tunnels is getting bigger, the studies to measure safety of the tunnel and to enhance the safety of passengers have not been carried out enough in Korea. Therefore, in this paper, we will use the probabilistic method to predict the average number of deaths of passengers in case of fire on a train iii tunnel, and show the potential risk to passengers which can be a guide for safer design of tunnels to be constructed.


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