Material Flammability

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The Material Flammability Section in the Fire Technology Department of the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division performs tests to evaluate the ignition, flame spread, heat release rate, smoke production rate, and toxic potency characteristics of materials and assemblies. Many of the tests are conducted according to domestic or international standard procedures, and involve small to intermediate-scale specimens. Standard tests are often supplemented with additional instrumentation, or, if necessary, completely new custom-designed procedures are developed to fulfill specific client needs. The Material Flammability Section at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) supports activities of the Engineering and Research Section by providing tests, data for computer fire model input, and evaluation. Experimental support is also provided to the Listing, Labeling, and Follow-Up Inspection Services Section in the form of testing services for quality assurance of products and materials.

Matthew Blais, Ph.D., Director

Material Flammability Technical Strengths

  • Small-scale calorimetry and combustibility (ASTM E1354, ASTM E136, ASTM D1929)
    Eugene Horton
  • Consumer products
    Karen Carpenter
  • Marine products (IMO fire test procedures, fire restricting materials testing)
    Nicholas Middleton
  • Flame Spread (ASTM E 84 tunnel and various small-scale flammability and crawl space tests)
    Eugene Horton
  • Roofing and claddings (ASTM E108 fire and UL 2218 hail drop tests of roofs)
    Nicholas Middleton
  • Combustibility, smoke, and toxicity (ASTM E662, BSS 7239, FTIR analysis of effluents from various fire tests)
    Nicholas Middleton
  • Vapor cloud explosions
    Alexandra Joyce
  • PPE Thermal Barrier Molten Metal and Arc Welding Cutting
    Eugene Horton
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