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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Recent Posts

Nuclear Plant Applications for the Non-Nuclear Plant Processes

Posted by Fauske & Associates on 10.09.14

By Kris Fauske, President, Fauske & Associates, LLC

Structural Vibration GaugeIncreasingly, in the course of providing solutions to the prevention of severe accidents worldwide, we are finding crossover. We tended to have two distinct sides in our 35 year safety testing and engineering solutions lab; our nuclear and non-nuclear. In fact, many of our customers on one side may not even be aware that we have another side at all. 

We thought it would be interesting to share information and invite discussion regarding some of our nuclear focused activities, particularly the following five areas, as each has cross-over application in industrial process industries.


Developed by Fauske & Associates, LLC (FAI) as part of the Industry Degraded Core Rulemaking (IDCOR) program, the Modular Accident Analysis Program (MAAP), which is an Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) owned and licensed computer software, is a fast-running computer code that simulates the response of light water and heavy water moderated nuclear power plants for both current and Advanced Light Water Reactor (ALWR) designs. It has been used by the nuclear industry throughout the world for more than two decades as an engineering tool to support Probability Risk Analysis (PRA) and severe accident analysis. 

Thermal Hydraulics

Many plant processes involve fluid flow combined with heat transfer that can include phenomena such as phase change, condensation, two-phase fluid flow, critical flows, gas transport resulting in a need for analysis of conditions following pipe break events, waterhammer evaluation and severe accident analysis or characterizing localized phenomena such as tank and sump vortex behavior to name a few. Using a combination of experiments and analytical modeling, we provide thermal hydraulic testing and analysis in our state-of-the-art laboratories to help customers solve problems in existing processes, or facilitate the design of new ones.

Structural Services and Vibration

In plants, there are often structural challenges related to pressure, temperature and dynamic forces. An example is the seismic adequacy of piping or components under power operation.  FAI performs several services to address seismic concerns found in industrial facilities and power plants – including analytical assessments, experiments, and walkdowns (see photo of seismic vibration gauge above). We follow industry guidelines such as EPRI 1019199 as well as our own seismic screening methodology which provides an even more cost effective and conservative assessment approach. Several of our engineers and contractors have undergone professional seismic training which also allows us to assess safety-related electrical components such as instrumentation and control components, etc. 

Equipment Qualification (EQ)

We provide Equipment Qualification (EQ) solutions for the nuclear and industrial sectors, using our state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities, including a Design Basis Accident (DBA) test facility that supports current generation nuclear power plants along with the Generation III+ plants. We provide the overall project management and Quality Assurance (QA) requirements for each project.

Cable Health Aging Management Program (CHAMP)

The CHAMP program provides support for the evaluation, testing, qualification and replacement of all types of cables at power plants and facilities. The types and sizes of cables we support range from very small (e.g., sensor and network cables) to large cables (e.g., transmission and distribution). We test both shielded and unshielded cables. 

Key testing and services included in the CHAMP program include cable walkdowns, cable testing, cable evaluation to address performance and forensic issues, cable replacement, cable management, and cable qualification.  In addition to our traditional EQ facilities, we have recently incorporated a cable vertical flame test facility for performing IEEE-1202, 383 and other cable flame testing standards. 

Solutions to customer problems are what drive innovation in our labs. We invite others to discuss their crossover applications and ideas in the effort to share knowledge. 
For more information, please visit our website at, or contact me at (630) 887-5224 or

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