Marine &Shipbuilding

Challenge Overview

Water hammer is a sudden and sharp increase in pressure in a ballast system caused by the rapid deceleration of the water column. It can occur when a valve is closed too quickly, or when a pump is started or stopped too abruptly. Water hammer can cause significant damage to ballast system components, including pumps, valves, and piping. It can also pose a safety hazard to crew and passengers.

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One way to mitigate the risk of water hammer in ballast systems is to use a pressure transmitter. A pressure transmitter is a device that measures the pressure of a fluid and converts it into an electrical signal. This signal can be used to control the operation of valves and pumps, and to provide early warning of potential water hammer events.


A pressure transmitter can be used to monitor the pressure in a ballast line during ballasting operations. If the pressure rises too quickly, the pressure transmitter can send a signal to close the ballast valve, preventing water hammer. The pressure transmitter can also be used to control the speed of the ballast pump, ensuring that the water column decelerates gradually and avoiding water hammer.

The Role of the Pressure Transmitter

The pressure transmitter plays a vital role in the water hammer mitigation solution. It is responsible for accurately measuring the pressure in the ballast system and sending this information to the control system. The control system then uses this information to operate the valves and pumps in a way that prevents water hammer.

How Does the Pressure Transmitter Work?

A pressure transmitter typically works by using a diaphragm to sense the pressure of the fluid. The diaphragm is deflected by the pressure, and this deflection is converted into an electrical signal by a strain gauge. The electrical signal is then amplified and filtered to produce a stable and accurate output signal.

1The pressure transmitter is installed in the ballast line.

2The pressure transmitter measures the pressure of the fluid in the ballast line and converts it into an electrical signal.

3The electrical signal is sent to the control system.

4The control system compares the pressure signal to a setpoint.

5If the pressure signal exceeds the setpoint, the control system sends a signal to close the ballast valve.

6The ballast valve closes, preventing a water hammer.


Using a pressure transmitter to mitigate water hammer in ballast systems has a number of benefits, including:


Water hammer is a serious challenge in the marine industry, but it can be mitigated through the use of pressure transmitters. Pressure transmitters provide accurate and reliable measurement of fluid pressure, and this information can be used to control the operation of valves and pumps in a way that prevents water hammer. Using pressure transmitters to mitigate water hammer can have a number of benefits, including reduced risk of damage, improved safety, increased efficiency, and reduced maintenance costs.

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