Piping whiplash

  1. Apr 29, 2013 #1
    Hey everyone!
    Could you please explain to me what the term "piping whiplash" stands for?
    It is a very rare combination in the google search, but we have encountered this term in our translations.

    Thanks
     
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  3. Apr 29, 2013 #2
    Here is the context:
    "Rapid depressurization event consequences may include an unfiltered discharge of the primary system inventory into the atmosphere as well as damage to equipment outside the primary system from a hot helium jet or from piping whiplash".
     
  4. Apr 30, 2013 #3

    AlephZero

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    If you burst a hole in the side of a pipe, the high pressure gas will blow out sideways and apply a sideways force to the pipe in the opposite direction.

    This force can be big enough to break the connections that are supporting the pipe and allow it to thrash around, damaging anything that it hits.
     
  5. Apr 30, 2013 #4
    Thank you! I suspected it was like that. Thanks for help.
     
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