Large-Scale
Fire Resistance
Testing Services
Fire Technology Services

image: SwRI evaluates fire-rated doors under controlled pressure conditions in accordance with ASTM, NFPA, UBC, UL, and international standards.

SwRI evaluates fire-rated doors under controlled pressure conditions in accordance with ASTM, NFPA, UBC, UL, and international standards.


image: Fire Resistance Testing Flyer

Fire Resistance Testing Flyer

A wide range of standard and custom tests are performed at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to evaluate the fire performance of construction materials, products, and systems.

Construction Industry Fire Tests

  • Fire resistance measurements of wall or floor/ceiling assemblies and structural elements
  • Assessments of the potential contribution from interior finish materials to a fire

A furnace test is used to measure fire endurance (i.e., the time that a wall or floor/ceiling assembly or a structural element is capable of withstanding a standard fire while fulfilling its separating and/or load-bearing function). A wide range of apparatuses and furnaces are available to fulfill the fire testing needs of the building material manufacturers industry.

The assessment of interior finish contribution to fire growth is based primarily on performance in a flame spread test. Certain types of products and applications must meet other requirements based on their propensity for ignition and the release rate of heat, smoke, and toxic products of combustion.

SwRI Fire Test Standards
Wall, Floor/Ceiling, and Roof Assemblies
Fire resistance of structural assemblies
ASTM E 119, ASTM E 1529, BS 476 Parts 20, 24, ISO 834, NFPA 251
Structural Elements
Fire resistance of columns, beams, etc.
ASTM E 119, ASTM E 1529, BS 476 Parts 20, 24, ISO 834, NFPA 251, UL 1709
Doors and Windows
Protection of openings in fire-rated walls
ASTM E 152, ASTM E 2010, BS 476 Parts 20, 24, ISO 3008, ISO 3009, NFPA 252, NFPA 253, UBC 7-2, UL 9, UL 10A and 10B, UL 155
Other Fire-Resistive Elements and Assemblies
Fire resistance of dampers, cable penetrations, etc.
10 CFR 50, ASTM E 119, ASTM E 814, ASTM E 1725, ASTM E 1966, BS 476 Parts 20, 24, UBC 26-2, NFPA 251, UBC 7-5, UL 555, UL 1479
Exterior Finish Materials
Roofing, EIFS, exterior wall claddings, etc.
ASTM E 108, ASTM E 1354, ICBO AC-07, ICBO AC11, ICBO AC24, Modified ASTM E 108, NFPA 256, NFPA 268, NFPA 271, SwRI 99-02, UBC 26-9
Interior Finish Materials
Wall coverings, ceiling linings, floor coverings
ASTM D 2859, ASTM E 84, ASTM E 162, ASTM E 648, ASTM E 662, ASTM E 800, ASTM E 970, ASTM E 1321, ASTM E 1354, ASTM E 1740, ASTM E 1995, ISO 5659 Part 2, ISO 9705, NFPA 253, NFPA 255, NFPA 258, NFPA 265, NFPA 271, SBI test, UBC 8-1, UBC 8-2, UBC 26-3, UL 723
Other Building Materials
Thermal and acoustical insulation, etc.
ASTM D 2015, ASTM D 3286, ASTM E 136, ASTM E 1354, ISO 1182, ISO 1716, NFPA 259, NFPA 271
Contents and Furnishings
Upholstered furniture, mattresses, drapes, etc.
ASTM D 568, ASTM D 635, ASTM D 1692, ASTM D 1929, ASTM D 3014, ASTM E 1474, ASTM E 1352, ASTM E 1353, ASTM E 1537, ASTM E 1590, ASTM E 1822, CA TB 106, CA TB 116, CA TB 117, CA TB 121, CA TB 129, CA TB 133, NFPA 272, NFPA 701, UBC 26-6, UBC 26-7

Related Terminology

ceiling assembly  •  code compliance  •  construction products  •  EIFS  •  fire endurance  •  fire performance of construction materials  •  fire resistance  •  fire testing services for the construction industry  •  floor assembly  •  fire test methods  •  flame spread  •  release rate of heat, smoke, toxicity  •  passive fire protection  •  smoke generation rate  •  toxicity  •  toxicity products of combustion

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04/15/14