Why are transients damaging?

It is estimated that in the UK, each water company loses one in five of every litre of water gathered, cleaned, and treated through leakage.  

Commonly known as ‘water hammer’, transients are short-lived pressure waves delivering fast changes in the pressure of a pipe in water networks.

Usually caused by network operations such as closing a valve or sudden pump shutdowns, transients are proven to damage pipes and assets as they propagate through the network causing leakage and bursts.

Pressure Transient graph

Knowledge to change operational behaviour

If transients can be detected and identified, network operations can be altered; valves can be closed more carefully, pump shutdowns can be modified which in turn will reduce the negative side effects and damage caused to assets.

The implementation of a Syrinix PIPEMINDER monitoring system, comprising of high-resolution pressure loggers collecting 128 s/s means that transients resulting in problematic network activity, that would otherwise go unnoticed, can be spotted,

PIPEMINDER remote monitors send data to RADAR, Syrinix's cloud data platform, and activity can be tracked and alerted and network problem states flagged. With up to the minute network insight, operational behaviour can now be changed with confidence.

PIPEMINDER ONE and cloud data platform RADAR

Leak and burst reduction

Typically, a 10% reduction in pressure can deliver a 10% leak reduction and 14% burst rate reduction.

Syrinix technology can identify the source of transient problems on water networks and suggest mitigation strategies to reduce them.

How can Syrinix help?

A structured approach to monitoring identifies the sources of pressure transients, so they can be reduced or removed.

Syrinix offers a complete service encompassing the planning and deployment of PIPEMINDER-ONE sensors and the collection, assessment, and analysis of hydraulic data. We will work with you to make recommendations for remedial actions and ongoing operational works, based upon actionable data.

This approach can reduce the pipeline failure rate, leakage, and ultimately extend asset lifetimes.


Impact of transients

Interested to learn more? Contact us to discuss how we can help to give your network a 'health check', and read our case studies to understand how we have helped utilities worldwide.

Customer examples of network calming

City of Galveston

Case Study – City of Galveston uses PIPEMINDER-ONE pressure monitors to revitalise its system and improve resilience

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