Fire and Explosion
HSL is fully equipped and qualified to deliver safe, reliable
fire testing and blast testing for your business.
Our purpose-built fire and explosion test facilities are
complemented by innovative consultancy, underpinned by our
expertise and experience of testing to British and international
We provide testing dates throughout the year, along with a
flexible 'can-do' approach that enables us to meet your fire and
explosion testing needs whether standard or bespoke.
For more information about our fire and explosion test
facilities, or to discuss your requirements, please
Kate Jeffrey on +44 (0)1298 218831
Martin Thomson on +44 (0)1298 218344
Alternatively, you can
send us an email and we will respond to your enquiry
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.
Horizontal Jet Fire
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 and BS 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
Vertical Jet Fire
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.
HSL offers three brand new burners (one propane and two liquid
fuel), including the latest 'NexGen' burner from the USA's Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA).
In our dedicated Burn Hall, we provide aerospace clients with
independent and flexible engineering and certification tests to
ISO 2685 and AC20-135
This versatile site is used for a variety of fire testing
purposes by commercial clients in different industry sectors.
Our state-of-the-art Burn Hall features an independent capture
tank and drainage and contains facilities for fire testing
aerospace components to
ISO 2685 and FAA AC20-135
Dispersion and Fire
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.
Utilising a Rolls-Royce 'Tay' combustor can and operating with
either liquid or gaseous fuels (e.g. kerosene or methane), a
combustion flame can be generated at very high pressures and
temperatures: typically up to 70 bar and 2000 K.
This high presssure jet release can be used for a range of testing
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.
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
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.
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.
Dust Explosion Test
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.
Fuel Tank Test
HSL is able to test vehicle fuel tanks for resistance to petrol
fires in accordance with the requirements of UN ECE
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