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

Blog

Our highly experienced team keeps you up-to-date on the latest process safety developments.

Process Safety Newsletter

Stay informed with our quarterly Process Safety Newsletters sharing topical articles and practical advice.

Resources

With over 40 years of industry expertise, we have a wealth of process safety knowledge to share.

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National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards

NFPA provides codes and standards designed to reduce catastrophic losses due to fire, electrical and related hazards.  Fauske & Associates provides expert support for many NFPA and related standards, including those listed below:

NFPA 652 – Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust
NFPA 652 details the requirement to complete a Dust Hazards Analysis (DHA) where a facility has explosible and/or combustible dust present.

NFPA 61 – Agricultural and Food Process Facilities
NFPA 61 is used to guide the Dust Hazards Analysis (DHA) where handling, processing, storing bulk agricultural materials, their by-products, or other agricultural dusts and materials.

NFPA 484 – Combustible Metals
NFPA 484 is used to guide the Dust Hazards Analysis (DHA) the reduced risk for process areas where metals are produced, processed, finished, handled, recycled, stored and use of all combustible and/or explosible metals and alloys.

NFPA 664 – Wood Processing and Woodworking Facilities
NFPA 664 is used to guide the Dust Hazards Analysis (DHA) to reduce risk in facilities that process wood or manufactures wood products.

NFPA 654 – Overall Industrial Standard for the Prevention of Fires and Dust Explosions
NFPA 654 is used to guide the Dust Hazards Analysis (DHA) for all other process areas that don’t have their own specific industry standard.

NFPA 499 – Recommended Practice for Electrical Installations where combustible dust are present
NFPA 499 is used to assist in the selection of electrical systems and equipment for safe use in Class II hazardous (classified) locations.

NFPA 68 – Explosion Protection by Deflagration Venting
NFPA 68 applies to the design, location, installation, maintenance and use of devices and systems that vent the combustion gases and pressures resulting from a deflagration within an enclosure to minimize structural and mechanical damage.

NFPA 69 – Explosion Prevention Systems
NFPA 69 is used to guide installation systems for the prevention and control of explosions that contain flammable concentrations of flammable gases, vapors, mists, dusts or hybrid mixtures.

NFPA 77 – Recommended Practices on Static Electricity
NFPA 77 is used to guide recommended practices to identify, evaluate and control static electric hazards for the purpose of preventing fires and explosions.

NFPA 33 – Standard for Spray Applications
NFPA 33 provides requirements to mitigate fire and explosion hazards associated with spray application processes that use flammable or combustible materials.

NFPA 30 – Flammable Liquids
NFPA 30 provides safeguards to reduce hazards associated with storage, handling and use of flammable and combustible liquids

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