Combustible Dust Testing

Laboratory testing to quantify dust explosion & 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

UN-DOT

Classification of hazardous materials subject to shipping and storage regulations

Safety Data Sheets

Develop critical safety data for inclusion in SDS documents

Biological

Model transport of airborne virus aerosols to guide safe operations and ventilation upgrades

Radioactive

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

Mechanical, Piping, and Electrical

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

Battery Safety

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

Hydrogen Safety

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

Environmental Qualification (EQ) and Equipment Survivability (ES)

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

Laboratory Testing & Software Capabilities

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 (DSC/ARC supplies, CPA, C80, Super Stirrer)

Products and equipment for the process safety or process development laboratory

FERST

Software for emergency relief system design to ensure safe processing of reactive chemicals, including consideration of two-phase flow and runaway chemical reactions

FATE

Facility modeling software mechanistically tracks transport of heat, gasses, vapors, and aerosols for safety analysis of multi-room facilities

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FATE™

FATE (Facility Flow, Aerosol, Thermal, and Explosion) is a flexible, fast-running code developed and maintained by Fauske and Associates LLC under ASME NQA-1 compliant QA program.

FATE is a versatile software, and has capabilities to model heat and mass transfer, fluid behavior, and aerosol behavior in a variety of applications as applicable to nuclear, chemical and hydrocarbon and manufacturing industries.

FATE™'s phenomenological capabilities include:

  • Multiple-compartment representation, either well-mixed or stratified
  • Generalized chemical species via property correlations
  • Arbitrary flow path network
  • Pressure-driven, counter-current, and diffusion gas flows
  • Transport of gases and aerosols between compartments
  • Vapor-aerosol equilibrium
  • Entrainment of aerosol from liquid and deposited particulate
  • Deposition of aerosols via gravitational sedimentation, impaction, and so on
  • Combustion, and detonation
  • Heat transfer and condensation on structures
  • Multidimensional heat conduction in structures
  • Heat and mass transfer between liquid pools and gas space and submerged structures
  • Special-purpose models for oxidation and Wigner energy release from graphite
  • Special-purpose models for processing of uranium metal fuel and fuel sludge

FATE allows users to produce models of common components such as heat exchangers, pumps, fans, filter trains, valves, dampers, blow-out panels, downcomer vents and rupture disks. Additionally, operator actions and equipment trip- and setpoints can be modeled with relative ease.

Typical outputs provided by FATE™ include:

  • Gas temperature
  • Pressure
  • Liquid temperature
  • Liquid elevation
  • Mass of liquid
  • Thermophysical properties
  • Gas composition in terms of mole fractions
  • Gas composition in terms of masses
  • Relative humidity of each region
  • Aerosol masses
  • Rates-of-change of gas and aerosol

FATE™ applications:

General Industrial and Commercial and Public Safety Applications

  • Analysis of a Diesel Generator room heat build up during a loss of ventilation event was analyzed using a FATE model.
  • Analyzing the transient behavior of facilities during normal and off-normal conditions is applied to the problem of SARS-CoV-2 virus transmission in single-and multi-room facilities. Subject to the justifiable assumptions of non-interacting virus droplets, room-wide spatially homogeneous virus droplet aerosols and droplet sedimentation in accordance with Stokes law; the FATE™ code tracks the virus aerosol from a human source through a facility with a practical ventilation system which reconditions, filters, and recycles the air. The results show that infection risk can be reduced by 50 percent for increased facility airflow, 70 percent for increased airflow and the inclusion of a HEPA filter on recirculated ventilation air, and nearly 90 percent for increased airflow, inclusion of a HEPA filter, and wearing a mask. These results clearly indicate that there are operational changes and engineering measures which can reduce the potential infection risk in multi-room facilities.

Chemical Industry Applications

  • Transient model of HCl gas release in a vessel and piping system.
  • A mechanistic model of organic-nitrate reactions initiated in hypothetically reactive waste in underground storage tanks. A thermal-hydraulic assessment of tank transient pressure and temperature to yield flows of gases to the environment, a release model to predict vaporization of volatile materials from reacted waste, and an aerosol transport and deposition model to provide the source term to the environment.

Minerals and Metals Industry Applications

  • Gas generation and flow were analyzed for an ingot casting facility being constructed in the US. During the ingot producing process, occasionally a break in the mold will develop, allowing the molten metal to spill out of the hardened ingot into the casting pit, producing hydrogen through a reaction of water with lithium and aluminum.

Nuclear Industry Applications

  • Evaluated the risk from flammable gas accumulation in the buildings attached external to the containment by modeling the transport and distribution of leaked flammable gas (hydrogen and carbon monoxide) in the penetration buildings.
  • The dry cask storage (DCS) of spent nuclear fuel assemblies was analyzed for steady-state thermal behavior in an isolated loss-of-flow condition. The thermal analysis must assure that the peak cladding temperature remains below the regulatory limit for the dehumidification process.
  • Thermal response and hydrogen gas generation are examined in the Fuel Transfer System (FTS) for fuel transfer.
  • The transient and severe accident analysis capability of the SAS4A/SASSYS-1 code developed by Argonne National Laboratory is coupled with the radionuclide transport analysis capability of the FATE code to predict radionuclide release from a broad spectrum of accidents that can be postulated to occur at liquid metal cooled reactor facilities.
  • Hydrogen risk during the steam generator wet layup additive process was analyzed. The secondary side of the steam generator and piping leading up to the automatic relief valves were modeled using FATE.
  • Hydrogen accumulation in the AP1000 auxiliary building and primary containment building was analyzed in the event of a break in the chemical and volume control system (CVS) hydrogen injection line.