Processing & Handling :: Liquid, Gas and Air Handling :: Piping & tubing
April 15, 2008
Feature Report: The Number One Problem in a Steam System: Water Hammer
There is only one time to correct water hammer – immediately
Kelly Paffel, Swagelok Company
Water hammer — a high-pressure surge or wave created by the kinetic energy of the moving liquid — is not only a system issue, but primarily a safety concern. Understanding the nature and severity of water hammer in a steam-and-condensate system will allow prevention of its destructive forces. A better understanding will also help with the introduction of preventative measures into system designs, steam system startups, maintenance and installations, which can contribute to personnel safety, reduce maintenance costs, and reduce system downtime.
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