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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Thermal Hazards Testing 3-Step Flow Chart

Posted by Fauske & Associates on 06.21.18

Do you know how to conduct cost effective, precise and comprehensive process safety or thermal hazards testing and consulting when needed? What are your process safety management (PSM) standards when it comes to thermal hazards?

Let's focus on a 3-step process:

1. Prevent - Understand and eliminate undesired reactions

2. Mitigate - Understand and accommodate process upset scenarios

3. Operate - Understand and design your desired process chemistry

Thermal Hazards-Testing and ConsultingPrevent

First, in understanding and eliminating undesired reactions, determine critical safety parameters to avoid undesired reactions. Heat flow and adiabatic calorimetry can be determined by using lab equipment such as Vent Sizing Package 2 (VSP2 TM), Advanced Reactive Systems Screening Tool (ARSST TM), Advanced Reactive Systems Screening Tool (ARSST TM), Thermal Activity Monitor (TAM), Seteram C80, Accelerating Rate Calorimeter (ARC), Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC), Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA), AKTS Software as key tools. These tests can determine:

- Onset Temperature

- Time to Maximum Rate (TMR)

- 24 Hour Adiabatic Decomposition Temperature (ADT24)


Design relief systems (rupture disks and relief valves) and effluent handling systems for single and two-phase flow. Low-phi factor (directly scalable) adiabatic calorimetry using VSP2 TM and ARSST TM used to determine:

- Adiabatic Temperature Rise Rates

- Adiabatic Pressure Rise Rates

- Pressure-Temperature Profile

- Design Vessel Relief Systems


Reaction Calorimetry using Mettler-Toledo RC1, ChemiSens CPA 202, THT-uRC used to determine:

- Heat of Production Rates

- Heat of Reaction

- Heat of Mixing

- Heat of Dissolution

- Adiabatic Temperature Rise (due to desired process chemistry)

- Heat Capacity of Reaction Mass

Here's another look in a graphic:

 Reaction Calorimetry

If you enjoyed learning about thermal hazards testing, check out our case study on low thermal inertia adiabatic calorimetry.  In this case study, FAI performs tests to determine what is the self accelerating decomposition temperature of a 50 kg package of azodicarbonamide. Download the case study now to to learn more about AKTS software, self accelerating decomposition temperature, the United States SADT test, and much more.
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Topics: Process Safety, Thermal Stability, Reaction Calorimetry, Adiabatic Calorimetry, Reactive Chemicals


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