When fluid flow is suddenly subjected to stop or change direction, a pressure surge commonly referred to as a water hammer event will occur. The momentum of the fluid abruptly stopping creates a pressure wave that travels through the media within the pipe system. This same principle is also applicable when the flowing medium is steam rather than water. In the case of steam, the pressure surge is known as a steam hammer event. Both water and steam hammer events have the potential to cause catastrophic damage.
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