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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Experimental Investigative Operational Plant Support

Posted by Fauske & Associates on 10.02.19
FAI Experimental Lab
One of FAI’s experimental laboratories

Day to day operation of an industrial plant requires continuous monitoring and adjusting of the numerous components that enable the plant to operate safely and efficiently. When questions arise or problems occur, the tools of choice are usually detailed computer codes, hand calculations, separate effects testing and engineering judgment. But, when schedules are tight and analysis via computer codes isn’t possible and/or is costly, the best course of action is to perform a scaled or full-sized test that replicates the exact set of conditions that are at issue. Actual tests provide real-life results.

Comprehensive experimental laboratories provide the ability to investigate a wide range of single and two-phase fluid flow conditions and configurations. Issues such as waterhammer, gas transport, containment sump performance and vortex suppression are just a few of the items that can be evaluated. The following are just a few examples of testing completed by FAI safety consulting engineers in state of the art labs.

Gas accumulation during a two phase flow experimentGas accumulation during a two-phase flow experiment

Air Intrusion

These are experiments to test the nature of air intrusion of an emergency core cooling system under design basis accident conditions.

Containment Sump Performance

Experiments have been performed in support of GS-191 resolution in our Flume Facility. The Flume Facility has been used to evaluate:

  • Debris erosion rate quantification
  • Debris interceptor design/validation testing
  • Head loss testing through filters

Waterhammer in FAI Flume Lab


FAI Flume Facility

FAI Flume Facility


Experiments and analyses of waterhammer (both steam-water and noncondensable/gas-water) are performed by engineers. These studies also evaluate the force imbalance across piping systems that can cause loads sufficient to challenge the piping supports and the piping itself.

Vortex Behavior

Experiments are performed to evaluate vortex behavior under a variety of conditions:

  • Experimental quantification of vortex correlations for plant and system specific correlations
  • Vortex suppressor design and validation for piping systems and tanks, including evaluation of the VEXTORTM vortex suppressor for plant specific applications.


Vortex forming in a FAI Flume experiment Vortex suppression demonstration with VEXTOR
Vortex forming in a Flume experiment Vortex suppression demonstration with VEXTORTM


For questions regarding investigative needs, contact us today!

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