Most small-scale and laboratory-scale tests are performed at GexCon's test laboratory facilities at Fantoft near Bergen, Norway. A wide range of gas and dust explosion testing projects using vessels in the volume range from less than 1 litre to approximately 2 m3 can usually be performed in the laboratory. In this wide range of test vessels, test scenarios can be varied significantly. Several closed vessels are available as well as a number of open or vented test vessels.
Small-scale testing at GexCon includes both equipment testing, gas and dust explosion research as well as specialised or dedicated testing projects that are tailor-made to suit customer requirements and needs.
The small-scale test facilities at GexCon's test laboratory include, among others, the following test vessels:
- 2.0 litre cylindrical vessel (L = 0.25 m, D=0.1 m, Pmax = 10 barg)
- 9 litre cylindrical high pressure vessel (L = 0.3 m, D = 0.2 m, Pmax = 200 barg, flanged ends)
- 20 litre spherical dispersion chamber (D=0.35 m, Pmax = 16 barg)
- 1.4 m repeated obstacle vessel (L=1.4 m, 0.3 x 0.3 m, approx 130 litre volume)
- 1:33 scale module (L=1.2 m, 0.35 x 0.40 m, approx. 170 litre volume)
- Transient driver section (L=3.5 m, 0.3 x 0.3 m, approx. 315 litre)
- 1.2 m3 vessel (D = 0.9 m, L = 1.9 m, Pmax = 13 barg, closed vessel or open end with variable venting configurations)
- 1.5 m3 rectangular cabinet for equipment testing (H=1.5 m, 1.0 x 1.0 m, flange at top and a variety of vent arrangements on sides)
- Single-impact anvil test apparatus
- And several other test vessels and apparatuses
Video showing a propane explosion in the 1.5 m3 rectangular cabinet at GexCon. The cabinet is primarily used for ignition testing of equipment intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. Testing is typically performed with propane, hexane or ethylene but other gases or liquids can also be used.