PRESSURE RELIEF SOLUTIONS  Fike is a leader in bursting disc and rupture disc innovation. Fike pressure relief products are compliant with global code regulations and are designed to meet or exceed industry requirements for rupture disc performance, reliability, and quality. From safeguarding your manufacturing processes to protecting your safety relief valves (SRV's), Fike rupture discs and pressure relief products are part of the critical path to lowering your costs and helping you achieve higher profitability.




Pressure Relief Testing

Fike Pressure Relief Testing Facilities
Fike Pressure Relief Testing Capabilities / Services Include:
ASME Flow Laboratory
The Fike Flow Laboratory is a general-purpose flow characterization laboratory for quantifying the performance of rupture disc devices, rupture disc/relief valve combinations, and any other device whose flow capacity and/or resistance to flow must be determined. The laboratory is used as a research and development tool, to support specific customer applications and many other unique testing opportunities:
  • Product development flow resistance and capacity tests
  • ASME "UD" certification tests
  • ASME five-year production audits of certified rupture disc devices
  • Flow capacity measurements
  • Combination capacity tests of rupture discs coupled with pressure relief valves
  • "UV" (valve) certification tests

Fike engineers who are responsible for test supervision and record keeping are accredited as "Authorized Observers" (AO) by the ASME and the NB. These credentials have been achieved by technical examination performed by a representative from the NB Testing Laboratory. Fike laboratory engineers have also been granted authority to supervise and certify tests which produce certifiable flow resistance and flow capacity data.
The Flow Laboratory has met the requirements of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors (NB) and is a certified testing facility (certification # PRD-023).
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Fike Flow Laboratory Flow Laboratory Control and Data Acquisition
Metallurgy Laboratory
The Fike Metallurgy Lab is vital to the design and engineering of Fike products, as it is used to increase the understanding of the behavior of materials used in manufacturing. Fike's on-site location allows product investigations to be performed more quickly and efficiently by a staff with nearly 40 years of metallurgical and materials sciences expertise.
Among the tests available through the Fike Metallurgy Lab are:
  • Analysis of Rupture Discs, plate, bar, pipes, etc., for size and shape, cleanliness, surface condition (including base metal and coatings), modes of failure, microstructural condition and constituents, grain size and boundary conditions, chemical segregation, and microhardness
  • Microscopic measurement and analysis, image archiving and electronic reporting
  • Pressure vessel soundness and material properties after heat treatment
  • Rupture / Explosion Disc score depth and shape consistency
  • Heat treat furnace time; temperature and atmospheric effects on disc materials.
  • Corrosion effects on rupture discs and corrosive properties of disc materials.

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Metallurgy Laboratory Aluminum Weld Annealed Hastelloy C
Application / Industry Support
Fike's testing services are available to certify custom products developed for specific customer applications...including those manufactured for aerospace/defense contracts, special gas handling applications and many other variants of standard product offerings. The Flow Lab can also provide flow test capabilities for other flow characterization needs -- such as combination assemblies and manifolds, and fire and explosion protection components. And since Fike has equipment ranging from 1/4-inch to 4-inches, we have the capability of testing a wider range of disc sizes than any of our competition.
Fike has used these unique testing capabilities/facilities to support the testing needs of specific industry organizations. In addition Fike's experienced, accredited laboratory staff are regular participants on local and national industry boards and committees including ASM (American Society for Metals), ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials), ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), AICHE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers), and ASNT (American Society for Nondestructive Testing).
Fike R & D
Leveraging our technical expertise, Fike Laboratory scientists, engineers and lab technicians continually strive to develop a thorough understanding of the sciences associated with pressure relief, rupture disc technology, theoretical analysis and empirical methods. While Fike performs testing to support specific customer needs, much of the laboratory time is devoted to research and testing on the performance of our existing products.
Using this knowledge, Fike continually works toward the development of new products, advancements in our knowledge of existing products performance boundaries, and in providing conceptual approaches for future product development efforts. Fike's focus on product research and development has made us a leader in the Pressure Relief and Rupture Disc market.

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