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


Our highly experienced team keeps you up-to-date on the latest process safety developments.

Process Safety Newsletter

Stay informed with our quarterly Process Safety Newsletters sharing topical articles and practical advice.


With over 40 years of industry expertise, we have a wealth of process safety knowledge to share.

Recent Posts

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

Posted by Fauske & Associates on 10.02.13

This article is part 3 and final of: and

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

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