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

All Industry Should Have Buried Piping/Cable Analysis Seismic Analysis

Posted by Fauske & Associates 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 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!


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