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One of the toughest aspects of hydraulic system design is accepting that a system cannot always operate at steady state. Whether system transients are intentional or unintentional, routine or emergency, understanding a transient’s impact on a system is critical to ensuring safe, continuous operation.
Due to their esoteric nature, waterhammer issues are typically addressed by specialist consulting companies. Thus, Applied Flow Technology has released AFT Impulse 9 for engineering teams to better understand their systems during deviations from steady state. Waterhammer and surge analysis performed in AFT Impulse helps mitigate failures and avoid downtime by providing the information necessary to prevent incidents. New features in AFT Impulse 9 include:
Often a concern with waterhammer and surge analysis is where to start, especially since rapid transient events are not covered in a typical undergraduate (or even graduate) fluids course. In the past few years, AFT has noticed greater interest in waterhammer from engineers hoping to understand this complex phenomenon. AFT has developed materials to meet this interest, not only for advanced topics like identifying and mitigating waterhammer by modeling in software, but also introductory fundamentals and theory to help engineers understand the what and why of waterhammer analysis.
Engineers of all experience levels looking to expand their waterhammer knowledge can find out more at www.waterhammer.com