A Method for Suppression of Pressure Pulses in Fluid-Filled Piping—Part I: Theoretical Analysis

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Y. W. Shin

Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439

A. H. Wiedermann

IIT Research Institute, Chicago, IL 60616

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 114(1), 60-65 (Feb 01, 1992) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2929013 History: Received July 03, 1990; Revised June 20, 1991; Online June 17, 2008


A simple, nondestructive method to suppress pressure pulses in fluid-filled piping is theoretically analyzed, and the result provides the basis needed for design and evaluation of a pressure-pulse suppression device based on the proposed theory. The method is based on forming of fluid jets in the event of a pressure surge, such that the pulse height and the energy of the pulse are reduced. The results for pressure pulses in the range of practical interest show that a substantial reduction in the pulse height can be attained, with accompanying reduction of the pulse remaining in the system. The analysis also reveals that a certain amount of trade-off exists in the design of the suppression device; a certain level of pulse energy remaining in the system must be accepted in order to keep the pulse height below a certain level, and vice versa.

Copyright © 1992 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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