Combustible Dust Testing

Laboratory testing to quantify dust explosion & 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

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

UN-DOT

Classification of hazardous materials subject to shipping and storage regulations

Safety Data Sheets

Develop critical safety data for inclusion in SDS documents

Biological

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

Radioactive

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

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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 (DSC/ARC supplies, CPA, C80, Super Stirrer)

Products and equipment for the process safety or process development laboratory

FERST

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

FATE

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

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Recent Posts

[Part 3] 3 Ways To Protect Your Electrical Cable Assets

Posted by The Fauske Team on 10.02.13

This article is part 3 and final of: https://www.fauske.com/blog/3-ways-to-protect-your-electrical-cable-assets-part-1 and https://www.fauske.com/blog/3-ways-to-protect-your-electrical-cable-assets-part-2

Monitoring your cable assets provide a dynamic program for identifying and evaluating your cables performance.  A well planned out and fully implemented monitoring program tracks, identifies and forecasts cable performance.  In addition, it can assess the timing and need for maintenance and/or replacement of cables. So how do you monitor your cable assets?  Quite simply: (1) Identify, (2) Catalog and (3) Analyze.Hot Spot Signature

First off,  you need to gather all the available information about your cable system.  This includes insights gained from visual walk downs, thermographs of your cable systems, and on-line and laboratory cable test results.  The relevant cable life information needs to be extracted from these insights.  For example, if during a cable walk down you identify a cable location in which the cable jacket is changing color due from a heat source; that information needs to be identified.  Also, it needs to be identified if cables are tested and show a change in performance.

Once all the information has been identified, it needs to be cataloged.  There are many ways to catalog the information from “paper and pencil” to “electronic” methods.  The best method depends upon personal choice and application. 

The “paper and pencil” method stores all information in a hard copy format with binders or folders.   Hard copy backup copies of this information are required to protect the data integrity. 

The “electronic” catalog method can range from an “electronic” version of the “paper and pencil” method where all the data is stored simply like in a WORD document to sophisticated “electronic” methods that involve databases.  These sophisticated “electronic” methods provide many advantages over the other methods including efficient analysis.  Like the “paper and pencil” catalog method, all “electronic” catalog methods require regular backups.

Once all the cable asset performance data is cataloged, it can then be mined for analysis.  The mining of the data can then evaluate past cable performance, and with some insights, can forecast the potential quality of your cable in the future.  That is, cable lifetime predictions can be made.  For example, if the LIRA test results for a given cable continue to show degradation, monitoring the cable performance can lead to an educated prediction of remaining cable lifetime.

Fauske & Associates, LLC has extensive experience in visually evaluating, diagnosing and monitoring your cable assets.  For more information, call +1 630-323-8750 or email afauske@fauske.com

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