Hazards Analysis, Code Compliance & Procedure Development

Services to identify process safety hazards and facilitate compliance with established standards and codes.

Combustible Dust Testing

Laboratory testing to quantify dust explosion and reactivity hazards

Flammable Gas & Vapor Testing

Laboratory testing to quantify explosion hazards for vapor and gas mixtures

Chemical Reactivity Testing

Laboratory testing to quantify reactive chemical hazards, including the possibility of material incompatibility, instability, and runaway chemical reactions

ISO Accreditation and Scope
Fauske & Associates fulfills the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 in the field of Testing
DIERS Methodology

Design emergency pressure relief systems to mitigate the consequences of unwanted chemical reactivity and account for two-phase flow using the right tools and methods

Deflagrations (Dust/Vapor/Gas)

Properly size pressure relief vents to protect your processes from dust, vapor, and gas explosions

Effluent Handling

Pressure relief sizing is just the first step and it is critical to safety handle the effluent discharge from an overpressure event

Thermal Stability

Safe storage or processing requires an understanding of the possible hazards associated with sensitivity to variations in temperature


Classification of hazardous materials subject to shipping and storage regulations

Safety Data Sheets

Develop critical safety data for inclusion in SDS documents


Model transport of airborne virus aerosols to guide safe operations and ventilation upgrades


Model transport of contamination for source term and leak path factor analysis

Fire Analysis

Model transport of heat and smoke for fire analysis

Flammable or Toxic Gas

transport of flammable or toxic gas during a process upset

OSS consulting, adiabatic & reaction calorimetry and consulting

Onsite safety studies can help identify explosibility and chemical reaction hazards so that appropriate testing, simulations, or calculations are identified to support safe scale up

Mechanical, Piping, and Electrical

Engineering and testing to support safe plant operations and develop solutions to problems in heat transfer, fluid flow, electric power systems

Battery Safety

Testing to support safe design of batteries and electrical power backup facilities particularly to satisfy UL9540a ed.4

Hydrogen Safety

Testing and consulting on the explosion risks associated with devices and processes which use or produce hydrogen

Spent Fuel

Safety analysis for packaging, transport, and storage of spent nuclear fuel

Decommissioning, Decontamination and Remediation (DD&R)

Safety analysis to underpin decommissioning process at facilities which have produced or used radioactive nuclear materials

Laboratory Testing & Software Capabilities

Bespoke testing and modeling services to validate analysis of DD&R processes

Nuclear Overview

Our Nuclear Services Group is recognized for comprehensive evaluations to help commercial nuclear power plants operate efficiently and stay compliant.

Severe Accident Analysis and Risk Assessment

Expert analysis of possible risk and consequences from nuclear plant accidents

Thermal Hydraulics

Testing and analysis to ensure that critical equipment will operate under adverse environmental conditions

Environmental Qualification (EQ) and Equipment Survivability (ES)

Testing and analysis to ensure that critical equipment will operate under adverse environmental conditions

Laboratory Testing & Software Capabilities

Testing and modeling services to support resolution of emergent safety issues at a power plant

Adiabatic Safety Calorimeters (ARSST and VSP2)

Low thermal inertial adiabatic calorimeters specially designed to provide directly scalable data that are critical to safe process design

Other Lab Equipment and Parts for the DSC/ARC/ARSST/VSP2 Calorimeters

Products and equipment for the process safety or process development laboratory


Software for emergency relief system design to ensure safe processing of reactive chemicals, including consideration of two-phase flow and runaway chemical reactions


Facility modeling software mechanistically tracks transport of heat, gasses, vapors, and aerosols for safety analysis of multi-room facilities


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Agriculture Industry

AgriculturalFAI offers comprehensive services for characterizing, preventing and mitigating fires and explosions due to combustible dust.  Some of our recent agricultural industry services include:

Testing Support

  • Develop a cost effective test strategy to characterize material handled at a grain handling facility
  • Perform dust explosion testing to determine moisture content, particle size, explosion severity, sensitivity to ignition and minimum explosion concentration

Hazard Assessment

  • Conduct an on-site dust hazard assessment based on applicable National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards

Risk Assessment

  • Identify and prioritize high risk situations and worked with the customer to develop appropriate and cost effective protection strategies

Safety Program Improvement

  • Recommend improvements to existing programs for housekeeping, electrical area classification, management of change (MOC), preventative maintenance and training 
Some examples of grain dust explosions in the US include: 
  • Inland Grain Terminal, St. Joseph, MO, April 1980
    -Killed 1 person
    -Injured 4
    -$ 2 M
    -Electric arc from damaged level indicator in one of the silos. Explosion traveled through head house to other silos.
  • River Grain Terminal, St. Paul, MN, June 1980
    -No fatalities
    -13 injured
    -Electrician working on live electrical while loading operations were taking place
    -Explosion traveled along tunnel to head house and then to bucket elevators and on into other tunnels
  • Train-Loading Country Grain Terminal, Fonda, IA, July 1980
    -No fatalities or injuries
    -$ 30 K
    -Electrical welding on a bucket elevator. Hot work as ignition source. Traveled to other bucket elevators.
  • Large Export Grain Silo Plant, Corpus Christi, TX, April 1981
    -9 killed
    -30 injured
    -$30 M
    -Smoldering lumps of grain entering bucket elevator.
    -Propagated to other elevators – head house – tunnels – silos and conveyers
  • OSHA 29CFR 1910.272 in 1987

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NFPA's Derek Duval talks about dust explosion mitigation in NFPA 61 and NFPA 654



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