The mechanics of pipe whip.

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Sudden rupture in a piping system causes an unbalanced load due to the escaping fluid. This results in the pipe undergoing a dynamic motion or pipe whip. A high pressure testing (a series of pipes connected to a pressurized air reservoir) was used to simulate instantaneous guillotine type rupture in a pressurized piping system and the kinetics of whipping were examined using high speed photography. An energy inventory was carried out for the whipping motion and the results compared with those produced from a simple model of pipe whip.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational conference on pipework engineering and operation
PublisherMech. Engng. Publications Ltd
Edition(IMechE 1989-1)
ISBN (Print)085298684X, 9780852986844
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1989


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