Hazard Evaluation

The Sterling Hazard Evaluation group was established over 20 years ago at the Dudley site and is an integrated part of our new product introduction process. The department has become well known and respected throughout the industry.

Key features:

  • Well-equipped process safety labs, with modern test facilities

  • 2 full time scientists both with PhDs in hazard evaluation and now over 50 years of combined industry experience

  • Differential Scanning Calorimeters

  • 2 Accelerating Rate Calorimeters

  • One CSI

  • One Thermal Hazard Technology

  • 3 Mettler RC1s

  • One with low temperature capabilities (batch temp of around -70°C)

  • Used along with Thermal Mass Flow meters to measure gas evolution from reaction systems

  • 1 micro RC1 for small scale evaluations

  • VSP2 from Fauske for emergency relief sizing and low thermal inertia testing

  • Blow down test option

  • Minimum Ignition Energy apparatus for assessment of dust explosion potential

  • 20-Litre sphere apparatus for measurement of explosion severity etc.

  • Volume resistivity to measure the tendency of powders to dissipate any accumulated charge.

  • Charge Decay Time apparatus for measurement of time required for applied charge to dissipate from the surface of a solid.

  • Drying tests to establish thermal behavior of solids under intended drying conditions.

  • LASENTEC crystallisation probe for in-line measurement of particle size distribution and filterability characteristics

  • BatchCAD reaction modelling software used to describe kinetics and thermodynamics of reaction systems and predict behaviour on plant scale.