Custom Testing: When Standardized Testing Won't Do

Testing and Research Facilities for the Study/Testing of Energetic Reactions

Custom Testing - DEKRA Process Safety

It is often necessary and desirable to study flammability, reactivity, or thermal instability of materials under actual process and reaction conditions. Small-scale testing can produce screening-level results and can be conducted, for most materials, in standard laboratory facilities. However, as the experimental sample size increases or the experiment needs to be conducted under adverse conditions (high pressure and temperature), standard facilities will often prove less than adequate. Although the danger from laboratory-scale explosions will drop off quickly with distance from the explosion, the near field, within the laboratory, could expose technicians to blast overpressure and missiles We have the facilities and expertise working across all industries to get the data you need for your unique circumstances.

Unique Testing Capabilities

Custom Testing - DEKRA Process Safety

DEKRA testing and research facilities include three “barricade cells” for the study/testing of energetic systems. The barricade cells are equipped with steam, water, electricity, and gas as well as the capability to monitor the system control parameters from a safe control room area. Blast and missile resistant widows allow direct observation of the experiment. High definition cameras within the cell as well as blast resistant windows allows the scientist to view the experiment.

Large Scale Testing Facility

Custom Testing - DEKRA Process Safety

DEKRA maintains extensive standard laboratory and large-scale testing facilities for hazard analysis support. We have a 100-acre test site staffed by personnel with extensive experience in energetic materials and systems testing and analysis. This unique facility allows us to safely perform explosive and energetic tests that may not be suitable for standardized laboratories.

Examples of Solutions

There are many reasons to ask for a customized approach to a test, some solutions include the following:

  • Standardized tests adapted for high temperatures and pressures
  • Standardized tests adapted for Oxygen enriched environments
  • Large scale UN/DOT testing for explosive and reactive materials
  • Fire extinguishing materials and techniques
  • Incident pre-creation and re-creation

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