Waterhammer problems are among the most prevalent and serious flow problems seen in the process industries. The large pressures generated during a waterhammer event can lead to catastrophic failure of high-capital-expense components such as pumps, turbines, and large-diameter valves. The cost of the downtime required to repair a waterhammer failure can easily exceed the capital cost of replacing equipment. Furthermore, because of the transient nature of waterhammer events, it is often difficult to localize the cause of the event.
Stress Engineering Services maintains special-purpose analysis programs to assist our clients in diagnosing the cause of waterhammer events and in designing systems to avoid such problems. Our engineers are skilled in transient flow design and we maintain an active practice in the field of forensic engineering and accident investigation.