The Grundfos CU 351 pump control unit incorporates a 'Soft pressure build-up' function, which ensures a smooth start-up of systems containing empty pipes, for example.
It can be used in applications such as:
- Water supply installations with an unstable power supply, in order to reduce water hammer.
Start-up takes place in two phases as the illustration shows.
- Filling phase
The pipework is slowly filled with water. When the pressure sensor of the system detects that the pipework has been filled, phase two begins.
- Pressure build-up phase
The system pressure is increased until the setpoint is reached. The pressure build-up takes place over a ramp time. If the setpoint is not reached within a given time, a warning or an alarm can be given, and the pumps can be stopped at the same time.
The smooth start-up of the system results in:
- Reduced water hammer effect
- Increased comfort and security for consumer