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

Thermal Analysis of Electronic Components (or, is it Electrical)?

Posted by Fauske & Associates on 09.05.18

Protective relay calibration and testingWatching for search trends related to our nuclear, chemical process and industrial safety engineering and testing lab is always interesting. We mitigate and help prevent severe accidents in a variety of industries, so we pay close attention to how folks google questions pertaining to testing as it relates to safety procedures and possible hazardous interactions....

So, when I saw the search for "Thermal Analysis of Electronic Components" pop up quite a bit in the last few months, I had to find out what is going on. Do they also mean "electrical"? In our world, Thermal Analysis or Stability testing by itself involves understanding and eliminating undesired reactions by determining critical safety parameters, understanding and accommodating process upset scenarios and understanding and designing desired process chemistry - so preventing, mitigating and operating/controlling thermal hazards. We do this with a number of heat flow and adiabiatic calorimetry tools across a number of industries.

Electrical Components Reference

The reference to "electronic components" is where things get tricky. Electrical engineering to improve the level of electrical safety and reliability involves System Studies - Power System Modeling (Generation, Transmission, Distribution), Arc Flash Studies (Incident Energy Analysis), Short Circuit Studies, Coordination Studies and Motor Acceleration and Load Flow Studies. Further, specialty testing and failure analysis of electrical/electronic equipment and components includes forensic failure analysis, environmental (EQ) and seismic qualification and commercial grade dedication.

Engineering and design services for electrical needs can include:

  • Arc flash risk assessment (to ensure compliance with NFPA 70E and NFPA 70 (NEC) e
  • Electrical hazardous area classification
  • Technical solutions for equipment obsolescence issues
  • Design basis calculations
  • Fire Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) and circuit analysis
  • Complex circuit analysis
  • Bonding & grounding evaluations
  • Hazardous area classification independent third party reviews
  • Technical reviews
  • Evaluations and analysis/professional engineering review and stamping of electrical system designs. 

Testing for load flow, motor starting, short-circuit, arc flash and coordination studies using ETAP or SKM Power* tools are also considered in comprehensive safety management programs . 

In the nuclear industry, for example, on-site testing and assessment can include testing of electrical cables and equipment such as Line Resonance Analysis (LIRA®), VLF Tan Delta Testing, High Potential, CHAMP (Cable Health and Aging Management Program) assessments, infrared thermography of low, medium and high voltage electrical equipment and power quality monitoring, analysis and correction.

If electronic components are tested with multimeter, current, voltage, continuity, resistance, colour code, fuse, coil/inductor, switches, diodes and so on, as referenced in resources such as "How to test electronic components", its important to note that environmental and seismic testing - the kind we use in nuclear, chemical process and industrial plants  - are examples of considerations for testing electrical/electronic checklists.  Heat flow simulation within an electronic component can support design, prototyping and, so on. 

Testing, Engineering and Design for Thermal Analysis

For more information regarding testing, engineering, and design for thermal analysis, electrical and electronic component testing, please contact, 630-323-8750

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