What is a Water Hammer?

No, it isn’t a device that hammers nails underwater, it’s actually a physical principle that can result in some pretty catastrophic destruction in hydraulic systems.

In summary, a water hammer is an effect that appears when a moving fluid is suddenly halted that results in a large pressure spike that can burst pipes and valves. You might not realize it, but there’s a reason why large piping systems use valves that slowly open through the turning of a wheel, it’s because, without them, an untrained technician could cause massive problems.

You can learn a little more about water hammers and the physics behind them in the video below.

Trevor is a civil engineer by trade and an accomplished internet blogger with a passion for inspiring everyone with new and exciting technologies. He is also a published children’s book author whose most recent book, ZOOM Go the Vehicles, is aimed at inspiring young kids to have an interest in engineering.

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