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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Published September 11, 2013

[Part 2] 3 Ways To Protect Your Electrical Cable Assets

This article is Part II of

Cable assets can be diagnosed in many ways ranging from simple electrical tests such as continuity checking, to sophisticated laboratory techniques such as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) evaluations.  The most appropriate diagnostic technique depends upon the reason for doing diagnostics; there are many reasons for performing cable diagnostics.  For this discussion, the reason for performing cable diagnostics is for cable aging management and to assess when to repair and/or replace aging cable.

The following table summarizes the major types of cable diagnostic techniques:


Although there are many cable diagnostic techniques, as seen from the table, the one cable testing technique that stands out from all the rest is the Line Resonance Analysis (LIRA).  LIRA is the unsurpassed technique for cable diagnostics because LIRA does not overstress the cable while testing because it only uses a 5 VDC frequency modulated signal.  Unlike most other cable testing techniques, to perform a test, LIRA does not require the cables to be disconnected; only the breaker needs to be open.   LIRA provides the ability to evaluate cables locally (to identify degraded cable areas) along with performing a full length (overall) assessment of the cable.  Fauske & Associates, LLC is the North American LIRA representative for the nuclear power and facility industries.   We sell the LIRA test equipment, provide LIRA training, calibrate the LIRA device and can provide on-site testing services.

LIRA, in field and test results

LIRA is an easy to use cable testing technique, developed in Europe.  The process for running a LIRA test involves grounding the cable to assure the cable is not energized, then connecting the LIRA probes to 2 metal cores and starting the LIRA data collection software.  The entire process is completed in minutes.  Once the data is captured, it can be analyzed.  The analysis software included with LIRA provides locations along the cable that have potential issues (degraded cable, bad splices, etc.) along with a global evaluation of the cable performance.  All of the collected data is stored in a data base for future monitoring and evaluation.

Read part 3 here:

Next time, in Part III, we’ll discuss monitoring your cable assets.  For more information regarding cable aging, health and testing, please email us at

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