UK dust testing laboratory
We offer a full range of dust explosion tests to determine the hazardous properties of particulates. For those materials where the explosive nature of the dust is in doubt, our unique classification test exposes the material to 4 different ignition sources to determine flammability; 10KV electric spark ignition, hot coil ignition, high temperature ignition at 800 degrees Centigrade and pressure vessel enclosure with electrically operated chemical igniters. 

At just £260, the classification test is the essential first step in explosibility testing.

Dust explosion test 1Our experienced laboratory staff can advise on which tests are required to ensure your company complies with ATEX or DSEAR.

Explosion tests for DSEAR
Our dust testing laboratory in Runcorn undertakes test work for a wide range of companies, testing pharmaceutical and chemical products, coal dust, grain dust, foods products such as flour and sugar, wood products produced by the particle board industry, sawdust, metal dusts and increasingly biomass fuels and dried waste from the water treatment industry.

Dust explosion test 2The dusts will have different explosive properties that contribute to the hazardous nature of the material. These might be self-heating (leading to spontaneous combustion), rapid spread of fire, high ST classification (strong or very strong explosion class), sensitivity to electrostatic spark ignition or low ignition temperature. 

UK & EN testing standards
The majority of our dust explosion tests and dust ignition tests are carried out to UK and European standards. However, some tests are available to US (ASTM) & ISO standards - please contact us for further details.

Dust explosion test 3By better understanding the explosion hazard and nature of the combustible dust, suitable preventative and protective measures can be employed to mitigate the risk - see our guide to DSEAR for further details.

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