Combustible Dust Testing

Laboratory testing to quantify dust explosion and reactivity hazards

Safety Data Sheets

Develop critical safety data for inclusion in SDS documents

Gas and Vapor

Laboratory testing to quantify explosion hazards for vapor and gas mixtures

Classification of hazardous materials subject to shipping and storage regulations
Testing and consulting on the explosion risks associated with devices and processes which use or produce hydrogen
Safety Data Sheets

Develop critical safety data for inclusion in SDS documents

Thermal Stability

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

Adiabatic Calorimetry
Data demonstrate the consequences of process upsets, such as failed equipment or improper procedures, and guide mitigation strategies including Emergency Relief System (ERS) design
Reaction Calorimetry
Data yield heat and gas removal requirements to control the desired process chemistry
Battery Safety

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

Safety Data Sheets

Develop critical safety data for inclusion in SDS documents

Cable Testing
Evaluate electrical cables to demonstrate reliability and identify defects or degradation
Equipment Qualification (EQ)
Testing and analysis to ensure that critical equipment will operate under adverse environmental conditions
Water Hammer
Analysis and testing to identify and prevent unwanted hydraulic pressure transients in process piping
Acoustic Vibration
Identify and eliminate potential sources of unwanted vibration in piping and structural systems
Gas & Air Intrusion
Analysis and testing to identify and prevent intrusion of gas or air in piping systems
ISO/IEC 17025:2017

Fauske & Associates fulfills the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 in the field of Testing

ISO 9001:2015
Fauske & Associates fulfills the requirements of ISO 9001:2015
Dust Hazards Analysis
Evaluate your process to identify combustible dust hazards and perform dust explosion testing
On-Site Risk Management
On-site safety studies can help identify explosibility and chemical reaction hazards so that appropriate testing, simulations, or calculations are identified to support safe scale up
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 safely handle the effluent discharge from an overpressure event

FATE™ & Facility Modeling

FATE (Facility Flow, Aerosol, Thermal, and Explosion) is a flexible, fast-running code developed and maintained by Fauske and Associates under an ASME NQA-1 compliant QA program.

Mechanical, Piping, and Electrical
Engineering and testing to support safe plant operations and develop solutions to problems in heat transfer, fluid, flow, and electric power systems
Hydrogen Safety
Testing and consulting on the explosion risks associated with devices and processes which use or produce hydrogen
Thermal Hydraulics
Testing and analysis to ensure that critical equipment will operate under adverse environmental conditions
Nuclear Safety
Our Nuclear Services Group is recognized for comprehensive evaluations to help commercial nuclear power plants operate efficiently and stay compliant
Radioactive Waste
Safety analysis to underpin decomissioning process at facilities which have produced or used radioactive nuclear materials
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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With over 40 years of industry expertise, we have a wealth of process safety knowledge to share.

Recent Posts

3 Ways To Protect Your Electrical Cable Assets

Posted by Fauske & Associates on 08.21.13

Cables Engineering and Testing Services at FauskeElectrical cables are the lifelines to anything electrical.  Cables and wires connect electrical components together and keep the world electrically charged.  Cable integrity is vital to the safe and efficient operation of any electrical system.  Despite their importance, cables typically receive little attention – they are considered passive, long-lived components that are very reliable. However, cable failures have caused plant shutdowns, safety concerns and loss of revenue.  So just because you have not had any problems with your electrical cables and their components, does not necessarily mean future problems are not on the horizon.

Performance and safety concerns demand proactive and preventative approaches to ensure cable integrity and reliability. A cable health and aging management program anticipates and addresses cable aging issues, helps reduce maintenance costs, avoids unscheduled shutdowns and repairs, incorporates industry best practices and addresses regulatory requirements.

So how do you protect your electrical cable assets?  You: (1) look, (2) diagnose, and (3) monitor.   Electrical cables are very much like your other assets, if you take care of them, they can have a very long lifetime.

For electrical cables, visual observation is a very effective technique for protecting your cable investment.  For example, if you notice an electrical cable has been positioned very close to a hot heat source, maybe for example a hot steam pipe or worse yet a hot steam pipe that has had its insulation removed, action needs to be taken.  You should either move the cable away from the heat source and/or reduce the heat load being generated by adding additional insulation.  This simple action can significantly extend the lifetime of your cable and could prevent something more catastrophic from occurring within your electrical system. 

A very effective process for performing visual observations is a walkdown.  A walkdown is a highly structured and planned independent visual assessment of your cable assets.  Typically during the walkdown campaign, notes are recorded, photographs taken, and as appropriate, infrared thermograhs are obtained to document the visual inspection process.   Infrared thermography provides a unique method for evaluating the temperature conditions around your electrical cable assets.  Infrared thermography will show you the ambient environmental temperature conditions in addition to temperature extremes such as those caused by missing insulation.

Every section of your electrical system examined during a walkdown is then addressed and then analyzed to improve the performance of your cable assets.   The engineers at Fauske & Associates, LLC have performed numerous cable asset walkdowns and have identified issues which subsequently extended the lifetime of the overall cabling system.

Next time, processes for diagnosing your cable assets.

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