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Chemical Industries


The management and control of risks to health and safety is of the utmost importance to any organistion involved in the production, transportation, use or storage of potentially hazardous chemicals.

HSL provides a number of large-scale testing facilities that organisations within the chemical industries can use to identify risk, assess the likely impact of accidental chemical spills or reactions, and develop solutions to health and safety issues.


To obtain more information on large-scale testing for chemical industries,  please contact:

David Johnson on (+44) 01298 218217 or send an email


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ISO/TR 22899
Horizontal Jet Fire Facility

Independently certified by Lloyd's Register as compliant with design and safety regulations, this purpose-built facility tests the jet fire resistance of PFP materials to BS ISO 22899-1 andBS ISO 22899-2 standards.

It enables standard and bespoke testing of a wide range of samples such as panels, pipe penetration seals, cable transits and cables.


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Blast Test Facility

The blast exposure facility is designed to house 1,620mm2 samples used for jet fire resistance testing. This allows samples to be blast tested then jet fire tested without sample modification. It uses ignited flammable gas mixtures to replicate the heat and blast impulse duration to which materials would be subjected in a real-world event.

Bespoke blast testing (within limits) can also be accommodated.


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Pre-Certification Jet Fire Facility

Our unique small-scale jet fire facility offers a quick, low-cost way to conduct product development for PFP materials and screening systems that will later undergo ISO 22899-1 jet fire testing.

The facility recreates heat flux and erosion conditions similar to those experienced during jet fire tests and can run for up to 3 hours per sample.


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Vertical Jet Fire Facility

Our full scale ISO 22899-1 Vertical Jet Fire rig allows samples of PFP to be subjected to cryogenic spills in situ prior to jet fire testing.

It can also be used for standard or bespoke testing where the sample is orientated horizontally to simulate real-world conditions, e.g. a walkway.

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Fluid Dispersion Test Facility

This dedicated facility enables the release of a variety of gases or fluids and allows their dispersion to be measured.

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Cryogenic Release/Spill Facility

Our Cryogenic Release Facility provides the ability to perform metered and instantaneous releases of both liquid nitrogen (LN) and liquified natural gas (LNG) for consequence modelling.

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Pilot Plant

HSL's dedicated Pilot Plant can be used to investigate runaway reactions, vent sizing and other chemical reaction hazards.

It comprises two reactors with associated feed vessels and catch tanks, along with a range of analysing equipment.

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Electrostatic Fluid Flow Facility

This large-scale facility can be used for measuring electrostatic charge generation on liquids and components (including composites) during fluid flow.

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Deflagration and Detonation
Arrestor Pipeline facility

This facility consists of two rigs: an in-line rig and an end-of-line rig, and can be used to investigate and test explosion arrestors and high velocity vents.


Dispersion and Fire Facility

This dedicated facility lends itself to a range of specialist research and testing purposes, such as vapour cloud formation research (including cryogens); warehouse fires research; liquid spray fire testing and microbiological decontamination tests.

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300 m3 Multi-Purpose Test Chamber Facility

Designed to operate at high pressure, this 300m3 test facility is fitted with a measurement and ventilation system and can be filled with water to an approximate depth of 10m.

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Dust Explosion Test Facility

This is used to study the behaviour and control of dust explosions in the types of vessels and pipes found on industrial plant. Our facility comprises several test pads where large-scale dust explosion tests can be conducted using enclosed, vented and interconnected vessel systems. Adjacent control buildings house equipment to control, monitor and log data of the explosions, typically measuring pressure, temperature and noise.

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Pool Fire Facilities

Our various Pool Fire test pads and sites can be used to perform pool fire experimentation that enables you to understand the consequences of system or equipment failure, and can also be used for the testing and development of new technologies.

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Hazardous Materials and Explosives Testing

We possess a suite of facilities and techniques that enable our clients to test, understand and benchmark the properties of explosive and hazardous materials.

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Multi-Purpose Engineering Laboratory (inc. Strong Floor)

Our Engineering Laboratory houses a range of test equipment including: 50t/150t/250t universal test machines; a Rosand impact machine, and a strong floor.

This equipment is suitable for benchmarking materials and for small component testing.

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