Water hammer: The number one problem in a steam system
Water hammer is not only a system issue; it is primarily a safety issue. Understanding the nature and severity of water hammer in a steam and condensate system allows facilities to avoid its destructive forces. A greater understanding should also help with the introduction of preventative measures into system designs, steam system startups, maintenance, and installations. This will additionally help provide maximum safety for personnel, reduce maintenance costs, and reduce system downtime.
Water hammer, in its most severe form, can injure or even cause fatalities to plant personnel.