Explosion Protection Testing / Laboratories
Explosibility testing provides a basis for safe plant design, operating parameters, and handling procedures. In addition to the research and development work that Fike completes on its own products, we offer a wide range of explosibility tests designed to assist companies in identifying and mitigating costly explosion hazards. Fike’s state-of-the-art testing laboratory is staffed with highly trained technicians, engineers, and combustion scientists; and tests are conducted in accordance with ASTM and CEN standards to assure proper execution and interpretation.
Fike provide tests in both small- and large-scale explosion test vessels in accordance with applicable ASTM and CEN Standards. These test vessels are designed and constructed to provide accurate explosion protection data that is scalable to industrial equipment volumes.
Application / Professional Support
In addition to a wide range of standardized explosion tests, Fike conducts specialized explosion application and equipment tests, specifically designed for the customer’s unique industrial environment.
- Design and performance validation of customer-supplied equipment.
- Determine explosibility, flammability, and ignitability parameters at unique non-standard conditions.
- Validation of Fike products when applied to customer-specific operating conditions outside established performance limits.
- Active participation in the development and validation of international testing standards (ASTM, EN).
Fike’s knowledgeable scientists, engineers, and technicians have experience with a wide variety of fuels, oxidants and test conditions. This extensive background strengthens our ability to develop and execute effective test plans. High-speed data acquisition and high speed digital video systems are routinely used for capturing the physical characteristics of all tests. And Fike has used all of these testing capabilities to support individual customer application requirements, as well as specific industry and professional organization needs.
When testing a complicated application regarding safety and explosion protection is required, Fike has the facilities and expertise to satisfy your needs.
Fike Approved to Test DEA Schedule II, III and IV Controlled Substances
The Fike laboratory is approved by the Drug Enforcement Agency and the State of Missouri for the receipt and analysis of Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances. A list of the applicable substances is available.
Explosion Test Lab / Equipment
Fike maintains a comprehensive, 3000 sq. ft. combustion and research testing facility at its corporate headquarters in Blue Springs, MO. Testing capabilities at the laboratory include dust cloud explosibility parameters, (Kst, Pmax), dust cloud ignition limits (LOC, MEC), auto-ignition temperature (MAIT), minimum ignition energy (MIE), dust layer ignition temperature (MIT), gas explosibility parameters (Kmax, Pmax, LFL, UFL, LOC) at ambient and elevated temperature/pressure, liquid auto-ignition temperature, burning velocity and burning number.
Full Scale Testing
Fike also maintains a unique, 26,000 sq. ft. remote test facility for conducting large scale research, product development, and industrial application tests. At this isolated location, full scale tests can be conducted where noise is not an issue and release of flame can be done safely. Whether testing Fike explosion protection products or customer provided equipment, a wide range of tests is available, including flame propagation and isolation, explosion suppression, explosion venting, and combinations.
Don’t just assume all is well when it comes to the protection of your vital resources. Utilize the outstanding explosion protection testing capabilities available through Fike.