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Waterhammer Training Course

Posted by The Fauske Team on 09.15.17

Thursday, October 26, 2017; 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday, October 27, 2017; 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
Fauske & Associates, LLC, 16W070 83rd Street, Burr Ridge, IL

Waterhammer (also spelled water hammer) is a well-known pressure pulsation phenomenon experienced in manyFAI Waterhammer Course industries. It can be very destructive, and thus it is important to have a good understanding of the potential transients. This course will cover the fundamentals of the different types of waterhammer, the conditions that lead to highly energetic and dynamic transients, how to evaluate them, and, most importantly, how to design systems to reduce the likelihood of waterhammer.

The course will include live demonstrations, since each student should not only learn about waterhammer from a book, but also by witnessing it in real life. The demonstrations will provide the necessary understanding of the energy and dynamics of the transients.

Course Topics

What is waterhammer
What causes damage
How can waterhammer be prevented
Conditions which set up waterhammer events
Examples of significant waterhammer events
Ways to analyze potential waterhammer events
    Hand calculations for peak pressures
    Hand calculations for piping loads
    Method of characteristics
    Epstein’s analytical method
    Computer codes
Fundamental considerations while using computer codes for waterhammer analysis*

Learning Outcomes

Understanding the physics behind a waterhammer transient
Familiarity with different types of waterhammer transients
Simplified, conservative ways of analyzing waterhammer transients
Background understanding of more sophisticated methods of analyzing waterhammer
Methods of identifying vulnerabilities in a system likely to lead to a waterhammer
Methods of reducing the likelihood or completely eliminating potential waterhammer transients

*This module is intended to teach the attendee about the use of computer codes for waterhammer analysis. No specific code/program will be covered during the training, but only important aspects of waterhammer computer modeling.

Please direct course related questions to Damian Stefanczyk, P.E., Director of Thermal Hydraulic Services:

For hotel information or to register, please contact:, (630) 323-8750,
Price: $1,095 CEUs: 1.6 (16 PDH)

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FAI Waterhammer Course Brochure


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FAI Waterhammer Course Description

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