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 Accreditation and Scope

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

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


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

Model transport of flammable or toxic gas during a process upset

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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Gas, Vapor and Solids Flammability Testing: Do You Know The Tests?

Posted by The Fauske Team on 11.20.18
flammability test technician
Technician conducting an experiment with the MIE apparatus (Minimum Ignition Energy). 

One of the largest causes for loss in process industries for both equipment and life is fire. The enormous volume and frequency of use of flammable and combustible liquids and gases handled worldwide implies that the risk of industrial accidents is great. A comprehensive engineering and testing lab will help you assess risk exposure by characterizing the flammability potential of your combustible vapors or gases. The following is a list of some of the most common tests that are performed for flammability hazard characterization; please note that specialized tests, such as a flammability test, can be performed to more closely match your process conditions and thereby better gauge your risk.

• Flash point testing (open and closed cup)

• Sustained burning/combustibility (fire point) testing

• Autoignition Temperature (AIT) testing

• Flammability Limits (LFL and UFL) testing

- Sub-ambient to above ambient testing conditions

• Temperature Limits of Flammability (LTFL and UTFL) testing

• Limiting Oxygen Concentration (LOC) testing

• Minimum Ignition Energy (MIE) testing

• Explosion Severity (PMAX and KG) testing

• Heat of Combustion (HOC) testing

• Plastics Flammability testing

• Burning Velocity (Su) testing

• UN/DOT testing

• Pyrophoric materials testing

• Specialized testing procedures/methodology

- Sub-ambient to above ambient testing conditions

- Small or large scale testing

- High starting pressures

- Complex testing scenarios

- Mapping out the flammable region

- Hazardous materials testing

flammability test glass sphere
5 liter glass sphere used in flammability experiment


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