Services for the Aboveground Storage Tank Industry
Federal, state, and local regulatory agencies are challenging
the fuel storage tank industry with increasingly stringent fire and impact exposure
requirements for aboveground storage tanks.
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has developed performance evaluation procedures for these tanks that address the concerns of fire marshals and regulatory authorities throughout the United States. SwRI Procedure 93-01 exposes tanks to high-intensity fires, hose stream tests, and ballistic and simulated vehicle impacts. The procedure determines if aboveground fuel storage tanks meet the requirements established by the following specifications:
A newly developed SwRI procedure, SwRI 95-03, evaluates the
performance of a multihazard tank in withstanding multiple exposures to the simulated
hazards described in SwRI Procedure 93-01.
Certified and experienced staff members evaluate and document results of each test including:
SwRI also has a nationally recognized and accredited Listing, Labeling, and Third-Party Certification program that meets the requirement of UFC Appendix Standard A-II-F-1 and NFPA 30A.
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.
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).