Fires, explosions, hurricane-force winds and flying debris—we test products against all of the elements, under the toughest conditions at the state-of-the-art FM Global Research Campus. The 1,600-acre (648 ha) campus in West Glocester, RI, USA, is the premiere center in the world for property loss prevention product testing.
Equipped with the most advanced technology and designed with property loss prevention products and industry trends in mind, our distinguished staff conduct testing in five main laboratories.
Fire Technology Laboratory
This is the centerpiece of the campus and the largest facility of its kind in the world. Here, we continue to advance the understanding of fire and the performance of different types of fire protection products.
The laboratory houses both wet- and dry-lab test areas, where personnel perform hydraulic, mechanical and environmental tests on fire protection system components.
Natural Hazards Laboratory
What causes building materials to fail? This is where we test and certify products that would enable buildings to withstand natural hazards. We replicate the toughest of weather phenomena, from hurricane-force wind to hail storms, testing the strength and endurance of roof assemblies, walls and other building materials.
Electrical Hazards Laboratory
The laboratory uses state-of-the-art instrumentation and monitoring systems to evaluate enclosures for explosions. Here, our staff tests a range of products to ensure they won’t ignite the environment during normal operation.
Explosion Sites Laboratory
This state of the art facility is equipped with 3 m3, 8 m3 and 25 m3explosion vessels and high speed data acquisition equipment for conducting dust/air and gas/air explosions associated with the testing and certification of a variety of explosion protection products such as pressure venting devices and explosion suppression systems. The experienced team at this facility can reliably produce the challenging explosion hazards necessary to certify the performance of these critical property loss prevention products