Flow Component Testing Facilities

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With more than 30 years of experience in flow component testing, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has emerged as a world leader in providing independent and confidential validation and development testing of flow products for a variety of industries.

Flow Component Testing Facilities

The Flow Component Testing Facilities (FCTF) consist of a number of dedicated facilities housed in a single location that are used to perform both standard and custom testing. Services offered at the FCTF include:

Flow Component Testing Capabilities

The SwRI FCTF offers standard and specialized testing services to evaluate products such as:

  • Valves
  • Piping
  • Gaskets
  • Downhole & drilling tools
  • Seals
  • Pumps
  • Actuators

The Flow Component Testing Facilities regularly perform testing based on customized procedures to aid manufacturers in the development and evaluation of new products.

Benefits of Testing at the FCTF

Independent, third-party testing services

SwRI is an independent, nonprofit research and development organization.

Complete confidentiality

All work done at the FCTF is governed by a confidentiality policy that protects client names, results, and other information obtained in connection with the work performed.

Technical excellence

SwRI has an international reputation for technical excellence, and the FCTF is an industry-recognized leader in third-party verification testing.


The FCTF takes pride in providing the highest level of safety, quality and customer satisfaction. Our third-party testing business model observes national quality and safety standards such as API Q1, ISO 9001, ISO/IEC 17025, and OSHAS 18001.


All projects at the FCTF have access to SwRI world-class laboratories and staff of more than 2,600 in 9 technical divisions, which provide one of the most comprehensive design, development, and testing resources in the world.

Related Terminology

API 14A  •  API 6AV1  •  ISO 10432  •  safety valve testing  •  flow component testing  •  BS 6364  •  fugitive emissions  •  cryogenic valve  •  valve testing  •  flow products  •  cryogenic testing  •  fugitive emissions  •  erosion tesging  •  flow coefficient (Cv)

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