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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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