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


Classification of hazardous materials subject to shipping and storage regulations

Safety Data Sheets

Develop critical safety data for inclusion in SDS documents


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

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

Mechanical, Piping, and Electrical

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


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

Happy National Engineers Week! FAI'S Kevin Ramsden Among the Best

Posted by The Fauske Team on 02.21.19


Chief Nuclear Engineer Kevin RamsdenChief Engineer Kevin Ramsden provides extensive engineering consulting services to the Nuclear Engineering Group of Fauske & Associates, LLC (FAI). His experience includes 31 years with Exelon Nuclear in reactor safety analysis and corporate engineering departments. He has been with FAI since 2008. His duties include performance of calculations and design reviews, development, construction, and analysis of test apparatus. As Chief Engineer, he has the additional responsibility to ensure safe conduct of testing and also has responsibility for mentoring and training engineers.

Mr. Ramsden has extensive experience with Reactor Safety Analysis computer codes and methodology for both BWR and PWR reactor designs. His computer code experience includes MAAP, RELAP5, GOTHIC, RETRAN, HEATING7, COBRA, VIPRE, CONTEMPT and FREY. His work at FAI has included CRD Thermal Fatigue Evaluation, waterhammer testing (PA-451), Acoustic testing, LOCA EQ testing, and the development and application of analytical evaluation methodologies to plant issues. He has provided extensive support to power uprate activities at OKG Unit 3, including power ascension testing and troubleshooting. He also provides independent third party review services for a wide range of thermal hydraulic and acoustic issues. He received a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.

We honor Mr. Ramsden and the host of chemical, nuclear and mechanical engineers here, at world leading FAI, a wholly owned subsidiary of Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC. Fauske & Associates, LLC is a scientific engineering consulting and testing firm specializing in the application of fundamentals to the resolution of technical problems in the chemical process and nuclear industries. The principals and staff of FAI are recognized worldwide for their phenomenological modeling related to prevention and accommodation of chemical and nuclear plant accidents.

The combination of engineering expertise, broad safety experience, and extensive laboratory testing facilities makes FAI uniquely qualified to solve complex industrial problems. Our test equipment and software products are integral to process safety programs throughout the world. FAI is also recognized for conducting comprehensive plant evaluations. FAI’s Nuclear Systems Group helps its customers enhance the availability and reliability of their operating plants while maintaining regulatory compliance, extending plant life and reducing operation and maintenance costs. With regard to industrial safety, FAI is a leader in the dust explosivity/combustibility and process safety areas including Dust Hazards Analysis (DHA). In addition to parts and laboratory testing, on-site consulting services are a key customer request for FAI.

Happy National Engineers Week to all the great ones who keep us safe and sound!


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