Water Hammer Analysis using BOSfluids

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Mark Groen, MSc

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"To enable BOSfluids users to be highly effective users and perform water hammer analysis independently."

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About the course


   7 modules

   19.5 hours

  English (Spanish Subtitles available)

  1-yr access


This course teaches you all the fundamentals of performing water hammer analysis using BOSfluids.

Background knowledge about water hammer phenomena and analyses methods are provided as well as tutorials in performing such analyses in the BOSfluids software. Results are discussed in detail to provide a solid understanding of their interpretation. Next to different water hammer scenarios and their analysis also many real-life cases are provided and associated mitigation measures are discussed.

After this course you are a confident user of BOSfluids that understands good design practices and analysis methods for water hammer phenomena in piping systems.

The course allows you to learn at your own pace and is fully provided online. You receive 1-year unlimited access to all modules, which allows you to perform them over again when you need to refresh knowledge for your work projects.

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Meet your instructor

Mark Groen, MSc

Lead Software Engineer, Dynaflow Research group

Flow, Piping, Software Development

Program & Details

  1. Welcome to the course

  2. Your instructors

  3. Live session schedule

  4. How to use this course & join the live sessions

  5. Personal Certificate requirements

  1. Introduction and agenda

  2. What are pressure surges and what causes them?

  3. Pressure surge examples: in industrial systems

  4. Pressure surge analysis

  5. Pressure surge analysis

  6. Reducing the impact of pressure surges

  7. Conclusions

A sample of the first module is available for free, so you can learn more about the teaching style and understand if the course fits your needs.

  1. Introduction and agenda

  2. General Workflow

  3. Viewer

  4. Overview of the element types

  5. The components database

  6. Import/export models

  7. Exercise 1 - Modelling and simple analysis

  1. Interface & piping tab

  2. Viewer options

  3. Add valve

  4. The elements subtab

  5. Boundary conditions

  6. Analysis Setting 

  7. Reviewing the results

  8. Managing scenarios

  9. The updated results

  10. Customized plots

  11. Components database

  12. Help windows & manual

  13. Pipe editing options

  14. The water hammer tutorial

  1. Introduction and agenda

  2. Steady state flow calculations

  3. Boundary conditions

  4. Flow resistance

  5. Pumps in BOSfluids

  6. Quasi steady analysis

  7. Exercise 2 - steady state balancing

  1. Introduction and agenda

  2. Method Of Characteristics

  3. Pressure wave propagation 

  4. Pressure wave tutorial 

  5. Exercise 3 - Pump trip

  6.  Exercise 4 - valve closure

  7.  What is cavitation

  8. Cavitation models in BOSfluids

  9. Flood & Drain analysis

  10. Flood & Drain tutorial

  1. Introduction and agenda

  2. Unbalanced loads in piping systems

  3. Setting up a structural analysis

  4. Reviewing structural results

  1. Control systems tutorial 

  2. Tube rupture analysis tutorial 

  1. Congratulations

  2. Course evaluation survey

  3. Your Personal Certificate

  4. Rate this course

  5. Related resources & follow up


After this course, you...

  • have a solid understanding of water hammer phenomena,

  • can perform water hammer analysis of basic scenarios in BOSfluids,

  • know how to interpret pressure surge results,

  • understand the influence of cavitation in piping systems,

  • are familiar with the BOSfluids solvers,

  • know how to link your results to pipe stress analysis software,

  • have seen numerous real-life cases of water hammer phenomena in industrial piping,

  • know different mitigation measures and their applicability,

  • are capable of assessing pressure surge reports to take actions for mitigation of their system at hand.

Who should attend this course

  • Users of BOSfluids that want a solid understanding of the software, analysis techniques and backgrounds,

  • Those involved with performing pressure surge analysis,

  • Engineers that need to be able to understand reporting of pressure surge analysis for their system at hand.


  • No prior knowledge of BOSfluids is required,

  • A basic understanding of piping systems is beneficial.

Level: Intermediate

Access to the course. 
After your purchase is confirmed you receive an account to the EngineeringTrainer online learning portal, where you find the course in your dashboard. After opening the course you will be guided step-by-step through the different modules. You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course. This allows you to perform modules again if this is beneficial for your work projects.

Learn by doing.
The course is mainly based on video content: video lectures and video software demonstrations. English subtitles is available and videos can be viewed as many times as desired. The video lectures help you to grasp the important technical concepts and in the video demonstrations the instructor uses the software and discusses all the steps and actions. You are recommended to follow the steps of the instructor in the software to optimize your learning curve.

Exercises & Software models associated with the content are available for download.

This course is self-paced and is not subject to specific dates. The course contains 7 modules with a total of 7 hours of content which can be performed at your own pace. A Personal Certificate will be provided to you if you finish the course within the first month after purchase. This incentive will motivate you to perform the course quickly thereby improving your learning curve.

You receive 1-year unlimited access to all modules. This allows you to perform modules again when you need to refresh knowledge for your work projects.

Participants of this course receive a personal digital certificate if they meet the following requirements:

  • completion of each module of the course,

  • filling in the Course Evaluation Survey.

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Example Certificate of Completion


  • Video lectures

  • Video demonstrations

  • Exercise .pdf-files for download

  • Exercise answers by means of demonstrations (video)

  • Related BOSfluids model files for download

The majority of training material are videos. These are not available for download, but can be accessed directly with your account on the portal. Apart from quizzes the exercise files can be downloaded. These can include .pdf files with the exercise questions, software models or other file types. You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course. This allows you to watch content again if this is beneficial for your work projects.

We encourage participants to submit feedback and questions in the Questions forum of the course. These are answered directly in the forum or form the basis for new videos that are added to the online course.

Participants receive 1-year unlimited access to the course including new videos that are added during this year. Participants receive an email notification upon addition of new course videos.

An active BOSfluids license is required for this course. A 1-month full BOSfluids license can be purchased as an add-on to the course once the course is added to your shopping cart. For more details see the course fee overview below.

Please contact us for questions on this matter.

If your computer and internet connection is able to play videos online (YouTube) you will be able to follow the course. Note that almost all browsers are supported, except for Internet Explorer.

Yes, this course qualifies for PDH hours as per the NCEES CPC Guidelines.

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