SwRI Fire Testing Services for the Electrical Industry

Cable insulation is tested to IEEE 383 Flame Spread standards.

SwRI evaluates fire stops for cable penetrations through walls and floors in accordance with ASTM E814.

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) offers standard and customized fire performance evaluation services to support the electrical industry. Services provided include:

  • Naval Engineering Standard (NES) 711 Smoke Index Determination
  • ASTM E814 Evaluation of Fire Stops for Cable Penetrations Through Walls and Floors
  • IEEE 383 Flame Spread Tests for Cable Insulation
  • Smoke Toxicity Tests (NIST)
  • Smoke Corrosivity Evaluation
  • Cone Calorimeter Test

The Institute's full-service engineering capabilities are complemented by laboratory accreditation to conduct tests on electrical components for a variety of applications.


The SwRI Department of Fire Technology is accredited by the International Accreditation Service, Inc. (IAS), which encompasses the three major model building code jurisdictions in the United States, as a qualified testing laboratory and a third-party quality assurance and inspection agency in accordance with IAS Report Nos. TL-214 and AA-665, respectively. The Department has been designated a "Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL)" by OSHA and has been accredited in all major state and local jurisdictions throughout the U.S., including the city of Los Angeles, Miami-Dade County, and the city of New York. The Department has been accepted by the U.S. Coast Guard to provide testing and follow-up programs in support of Type Approval per the IMO FTP Code. Internationally, the Department is recognized by The Standards Council of Canada, Lloyd's Register of Shipping, Det Norske Veritas (DNV), and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).

The SwRI Department of Fire Technology is one of the world's largest organizations devoted to fire research and testing.

This flyer was originally published in January 1997. For more information about fire testing services for the electrical industry, contact Bill Bendele, Department of Fire Technology Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division, Southwest Research Institute, P.O. Drawer 28510, San Antonio, Texas 78228-0510, Phone (210) 522-2728, Fax (210) 522-3377.

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