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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 standards.

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 contact:

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

 

 

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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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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 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 cables.

 

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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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Fire Proof/Resistance Testing

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 standards.

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Burn Hall

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 standards.

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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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Bonfire Tank Test Facility

Our bonfire facility designed for conducting tests on carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) fuel tanks to Global Technical Regulation (GTR) No. 13.

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High Pressure Combustor Facility

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 and research.

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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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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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Cryogenic Release 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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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.

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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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Fuel Tank Test Facility

HSL is able to test vehicle fuel tanks for resistance to petrol fires in accordance with the requirements of UN ECE Regulation 34.

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