Experimental assessment of fluid hammer prediction algorithms
Abstract: Fluid hammer is a problem, which may lead to catastrophic consequences and many engineers have a deficiency in competence when it comes to its prediction. This study´s objective is to assess various fluid hammer prediction models, to evaluate how substantial pressure thrusts would affect a system and to verify the analytical results toward experimental data. The experimental data are collected from a novel experimental rig constituted of tubes, valves and data acquisition (DAQ) equipment. The literature review reveals several algorithms, analytical calculations and items of transient numerical analysis software (simulation software) for this purpose. In this study, the fluid hammer prediction is performed by analytical and numerical analyses using the commercial mathematic software suite Maple 2017. Assessments reveal that the results differed between analytical calculation, simulation and experimental data. The experimental activities yield the lowest pressure thrust magnitude and transient analysis predicted the highest. For the sake of conservative prediction, use of simulation software is recommended.
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