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HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?

As one of the world’s largest fire research organizations, we have extensive capabilities and expertise to customize fire tests for a wide range of systems and equipment. Our staff is well versed in a wide range of fire testing using methodologies and pulling from other fields of expertise to address research and client testing needs. Our testing laboratories are accredited through federal, state, international, and other various agencies. We have a multi-million dollar custom pollution abatement system that allows us to conduct tests safely while reducing emissions and hazardous waste. Since the 1950s, we have conducted fire testing and research servicing both industry and government. 

We perform a wide range of standard and custom tests to evaluate the fire performance of construction materials, products, and systems including the fire resistance measurements of wall or floor/ceiling assemblies and structural elements and assessing the potential contribution from interior finish materials to a fire. We offer customized engineering and scientific solutions to fire and explosion problems.

For questions about this testing, please contact Matthew Blais at +1 210 522 3524.

CUSTOM TESTING AND CONSULTATION

We can design custom tests and provide consultations to provide sound scientific evaluations specific for any application. Full-scale tests are developed to determine the response of processes, structures, materials, products and environment to realistic explosions, heat, smoke and fire. Events can be recreated to determine possible root cause and to develop mitigation techniques to prevent further losses.

PRODUCT AND PROCESS OPTIMIZATION

We specialize in:

  • Optimization of type and quantity of fire inhibitors in polymers and composites
  • Optimization of processes for inclusion of fire inhibitors
  • Batch-scale reaction studies for chemicals
  • Design, construction, and operation of pilot plants
  • Evaluation and optimization of the fire safety of processes and plants
  • Development of active and passive safety systems for processes
  • Development of automatic control systems for processes
  • Simulation and modeling of upset conditions or fire scenarios in processes 

Fire Testing Services

Custom Design Contact
Aerosol Cans/Candles Gene Horton +1 210 522 3457
Natasha Albracht +1 210 522 3971
Aerospace Components (Testing and Evaluations) Alexandra Joyce +1 210 522 6423
Combat Vehicle Survivability Testing Marc Janssens +1 210 522 6655
Combustion and Inhalation Toxicity Matthew Blais +1 210 522 3524
Custom Design Offshore Fire Systems Jeremy McDonald +1 210 522 5469
Environmental Control Equipment  Bill Bendele +1 210 522 2728
Explosibility Alexandra Joyce +1 210 522 6423
Fire Fighting Foam Evaluations Jason Huczek +1 210 522 3632
Fire Modeling   Jason Huczek +1 210 522 3632
Fire Protection Custom-Design Tests   Jason Huczek +1 210 522 3632
Flame Arrester   Alexandra Joyce +1 210 522 6423
Flexible Hose Evaluation for Offshore Installations Bill Bendele +1 210 522 2728
Jeremy McDonald +1 210 522 5469
Full-Scale Pool Fire Simulations   Bill Bendele +1 210 522 2728
Gas and Vapor Cloud Fire and Explosion   Alexandra Joyce +1 210 522 6423
Gas Dispersion (Accidental Releases)   Alexandra Joyce +1 210 522 6423
Glazing Materials Bill Bendele +1 210 522 2728
Heat Transfer Equipment (Testing and Evaluation)   Alexandra Joyce +1 210 522 6423
High Temperature Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) Matthew Blais +1 210 522 3524
Hydrocarbon Pool Fire Simulation >2000°F   Bill Bendele +1 210 522 2728
Jet Fire/High Intensity Apparatus/High-Rise Curve   Jeremy McDonald +1 210 522 5469
Large-Scale Heat Release Rate Calorimetry Karen Carpenter +1 210 522 3718
Listing and Labeling Services   Tim Koebke +1 210 522 6976
Natural Gas Systems (Transmission and Distribution)  Alexandra Joyce +1 210 522 6423
Perimeter Joints and Fire Stops   Karen Carpenter +1 210 522 3718
Pool Fire/Flame Engulfment Evaluations   Bill Bendele +1 210 522 2728
Pressure Relief Devices Exposed to Fire Evaluation Bill Bendele +1 210 522 2728
Alexandra Joyce +1 210 522 6423
Propellant Combustion, Fires, and Military Studies   Alexandra Joyce +1 210 522 6423
Propellant Pyrotechnics and High Sensitivity Studies   Alexandra Joyce +1 210 522 6423
Risks and Hazard Analysis  Alexandra Joyce +1 210 522 6423
Room Temperature/Rate of Heat Release Test  Jason Huczek +1 210 522 3632
School Bus Seat Test Gene Horton +1 210 522 3457
Natasha Albracht +1 210 522 3971
Smoke Detector/Alarm Systems Jason Huczek +1 210 522 3632
Sprinkler Evaluation for Rack Storage in Warehouse   Jason Huczek +1 210 522 3632
Sprinkler System Evaluations Jason Huczek +1 210 522 3632
Telecommunications NEBS   Bill Bendele +1 210 522 2728
Toxicity Evaluation of Smoke by Radiant Combustion and Exposure Apparatus Gene Horton +1 210 522 3457
Natasha Albracht +1 210 522 3971
Vehicle Fuel Tank Vulnerability Bill Bendele +1 210 522 2728

Standard Tests

We conducting a wide range of standard fire tests in accordance with strict standard methods.