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Researchers Discover How to Tame Hammering Droplets
January 21, 2011
A water hammer can occur when a valve is suddenly opened or closed in a pipe carrying water or steam, causing a pressure wave to travel down the pipe with enough force that it can sometimes cause the pipes to burst. Now, new research shows that a similar effect takes place on a tiny scale whenever a droplet of water strikes a surface.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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