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Combustible Dust Testing

Laboratory testing to quantify dust explosion and 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

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Engineering and testing to support safe plant operations and develop solutions to problems in heat transfer, fluid flow, electric power systems

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Testing to support safe design of batteries and electrical power backup facilities particularly to satisfy UL9540a ed.4

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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

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Testing and analysis to ensure that critical equipment will operate under adverse environmental conditions

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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 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

All Industry Should Have Buried Piping/Cable Analysis Seismic Analysis

Posted by The Fauske Team on 07.07.15

by Kris Fauske, President, Fauske & Associates, LLC

In a recent conversation I had with Jeff Griffin, Director of Business Development, the subject turned to the increasing need to provide customers with  plant services such as seismic analysis of buried piping and cable analysis.  Now, many of you are probably reading this and thinking, ‘yes, I know Fauske & Associates, LLC (FAI) provides these services, but don’t they really fit more in the nuclear area of your business?’ The answer is no.

Seismic_-_CrackComp-red_pipe-1True, the NRC has had strict standards in place for years around maintaining the infrastructure of nuclear facilities to ensure their structural soundness for the long term, or in the event that a severe accident happens. These same standards are applicable in any type of industrial operation or setting. 

To quote an observation by Jeff, “Industry in general is aging.”  It is true, facilities are aging, and as company’s work to retrofit and make use of existing properties instead of building new ones it is especially important to consider their safety by looking at their structural integrity to ensure that they are reliable for ongoing use.  Cable and piping failures have on more than one occasion caused safety concerns, even leading to the occurrence of accidents, costly repairs and loss of revenue through plant shutdown scenarios. 

At FAI, we have been providing these process safety consulting and testing services for the last 35 years and are now applying the best practices we have learned in the areas of buried piping and cable analysis services to other industries beyond nuclear.

Our engineers are proficient in performing seismic walkdowns to screen for the seismic adequacy of systems, components, and piping. We follow applicable nuclear industry guidelines and alternatively, we developed the FAI seismic screening methodology which we have applied to other industries.  This methodology also allows us to analyze underground and buried pipe. Our engineers and contractors who perform these walkdowns regularly undergo various professional seismic training (e.g. training provided by the Seismic Qualification Utility Group – SQUG). 

LIRA_On_site_Testing_of_a_Transmission_cableAdditionally, FAI offers comprehensive cable analysis using our LIne Resonance Analysis (LIRA®) cable condition monitoring test which provides both an indication of the overall cable health and as well as locally degraded areas. It is a Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) tool that does not over-stress the cable, but instead uses a relatively low 5 volt peak-to-peak (Vpp) signal to perform its evaluation. It performs both global and local assessments of the test cable. Importantly, the test cable does not need to be disconnected from its source and testing is completed in minutes. Leaving the cable connected eliminates a potential problem source: the cable termination.

The certifications and experience of our engineers in these areas allow us to assess safety related equipment across all industries.  If you need assistance with buried piping or cable analysis, we are happy to assist.  Contact us at 630-323-8750 or info@fauske.com and we will make sure you are connected with the correct engineer to meet your needs.

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful and safe summer!  www.fauske.com


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