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.

Structural Engineering

BackgroundNumerical Modal Analysis of a BWR Main Steam Pipe Structural Engineers

Structural engineering is an important field of engineering that deals with the integrity of objects such as plant components or structures.  Fauske and Associates, LLC (FAI) employs several structural engineers that serve the industry by performing analytical assessments, experiments, walkdowns or numerical modeling.  We specialize in supporting industrial process facilities and power plants.

In plants, the structural challenges are often related to pressure, temperature and dynamic forces.  An example is the seismic adequacy of piping or components under power operation.  FAI engineers perform seismic walkdowns on a regular basis to screen for the seismic adequacy of systems.  We are able to follow industry guidelines such as EPRI 1019199 “Experience-Based Seismic Verification Guidelines for Piping and Tubing”.  Alternatively, we have developed our own seismic screening methodology which provides an even more cost effective and conservative assessment approach.  Several of our engineers and contractors have undergone professional seismic training which also allows us to assess safety-related electrical components such as instrumentation and control components etc.

As we are supporting plant modernization and power uprate projects we have to utilize all facets of structural engineering.  We have seen an increasing demand for vibration analyses, for example.  FAI has the know-how to effectively study the cause of the vibration and to propose solutions for elimination or mitigation.  Our engineers are available for on-site support which includes measurement, troubleshooting, and root cause analysis in a team setting together with the client.

Proper application of structural engineering expertise can help mitigate issues by ensuring that the plant and components are properly engineered.  This will avoid machinery breakdown and costly plant outages. We strive to support our customers to achieve a safer and more efficient work environment along with enhanced plant durability.

FAI has a broad range of expertise in this area gained from several projects worldwide.  We are able to provide a one-stop-resource for structural engineering issues including analyzing a problem, engineering a solution, verification, as well as oversight of fabrication and installation, as required.

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Proper application of structural engineering methodology can help mitigate issues by ensuring that the plant and components are properly Experimental Modal Analysis of a BWR Main Steam Pipeengineered from the outset and machinery breakdown and extended plant outages are avoided.  This results in a safer and more efficient facility and work environment  along with enhanced durability. 

Fauske & Associates, LLC (FAI) has a broad range of expertise in this area gained from working on several projects that involved a combination of structural integrity and mechanical vibration. Analytically obtained solutions are often backed up with experiments and software solutions.

FAI is able to provide a one-stop-resource for structural engineering issues including  analyzing a concern, engineering a solution and then overseeing fabrication and installation of components as required.   

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