Modeling Surge Relief Valves (SRV) in WaterGEMS or WaterCAD

  Applies To 
  Product(s): WaterGEMS, WaterCAD
  Version(s): V8i, CONNECT Edition
  Area:  Modeling
  Original Author: Scott Kampa, Bentley Technical Support Group


What is the best way to model a surge relief valve (SRV) in WaterGEMS or WaterCAD?


Surge Relief Valves are more typically used in HAMMER as a surge/transient protection device. The Surge Valve element acts as a junction in the initial conditions (steady state or EPS) regardless of the initial pressure.

There may be modeling cases where a user may want to model the effects of a valve that acts like a surge valve during a steady state or EPS in WaterGEMS or WaterCAD. To do this, you would create a branch link (pipe at a tee) to a Pressure Sustaining Valve (PSV). Then you would put a reservoir node at the ground elevations just downstream of the PSV. The setting on the PSV should be the pressure or HGL you want to maintain upstream. This could be used to model an open surge relief valve.

This will provide results for steady conditions. Note that for transient results, a surge valve element would need to be used. See the link below for information on modeling SRVs in HAMMER.

See Also

Modeling Reference - Surge Valves

Surge Relief Valve not working (Forum post)