Fire Technology

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The Fire Technology Department in the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is one of the world's largest organizations dedicated to fire research and testing, with more than 40,000 square feet (3,720 square meters) of floor space. The department offers multidisciplinary fire and explosion testing and research services, including consultation, listing and labeling, third party sampling and inspections, and engineering and scientific solutions to fire and explosion problems.

For more than 50 years, the department has studied fire dynamics and developed unique engineering and scientific resources for the resolution of fire and explosion safety issues, serving both government and commercial clients in the construction, transportation, chemical and petrochemical, nuclear, and telecommunications industries. The department's full-time staff encompasses disciplines of physical and analytical chemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical, civil, structural, and fire protection engineering, physics, computer science, fire services technology and toxicology.

Matthew S. Blais, Ph.D., Director

Fire Technology Technical Strengths

Standard, Nonstandard, and Custom Testing Services

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Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 9 technical divisions.