[LINK] Batteries on a Sydney tram exploded in April due to a software fault

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Wed Dec 9 08:23:25 AEDT 2020

The batteries on a Sydney tram exploded in April, due to a software 
fault. The 20 kg battery cover was thrown into the air for 4 seconds and 
landed 6 m away. Fortunately this was overnight, when the tram was not 
in use and so no one was injured. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau 
report would be a useful study for students:

"Uncontained battery failure involving Sydney Light Rail
Vehicle 053, Randwick LRV Depot, New South Wales, on 3 April 2020", 
ATSB, 3 December 2020 

Tom Worthington, MEd FHEA FACS CP IP3P http://www.tomw.net.au 
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