Fire Resistance

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The Fire Resistance Section in the Fire Technology Department of the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division evaluates the fire and structural performance of materials, components, systems and structures when subjected to full-scale fire exposure and post-flashover conditions. Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) clients include commercial manufacturers, engineers, architects, specifiers, building code authorities, petrochemical, off-shore, transportation, telecommunications industries, and numerous government agencies such as DOT, NRC, and USCG. We participate in development of national and international standards and perform evaluation tests in accordance with ASTM, NFPA, IMO, ISO, UL and ULC, FM, and Bellcore NEBS protocols. Both Standard Protocols and Client/Material Specific Custom Evaluation Programs are conducted using SwRI's state-of-the-art full- scale furnace facility, full-scale indoor test facility, and the intermediate-scale multistory apparatus (ISMA). Additional programs are conducted using SwRI's jet-fire facility and high-intensity burner (HIB) facility, a 25-ft and 50-ft corner test facility and SwRI's remote test facility is utilized for full-scale pool fire exposures (up to 50-ft).

Barry Badders, M.E., P.E., Manager

Fire Resistance Technical Strengths

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