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

Posted by AnnMarie Fauske 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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