Water Jet Services
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) offers commercial and
government clients access to advanced water jet facilities and more than ten years of
experience in the innovative application of water jet technology to a wide range of
cutting and cleaning problems.
Water Jet Technology
Water jet systems enjoy several noteworthy advantages over other cutting methods: speed, precision, minimal thermal and mechanical stress, limited material loss, and reduced environmental contamination by dust and fumes. Because water jet technology creates little localized heat, water jet cutting is particularly desirable for use with hazardous or heat-sensitive materials.
Suspension Microjet Cutting
Standard water jet systems cut with a fine, high-pressure jet either of water alone (for soft materials, such as food, cloth, or cardboard) or of a water-abrasive mixture (for hard materials, such as rock, concrete, glass, metal, carbides, or others). SwRI has patented a novel variation on the abrasive water jet technique that suspends the abrasive material in a water-based gel, which is collimated into a high-velocity cutting stream. This patented abrasive-suspension microjet cutting system goes beyond conventional water and abrasive cutting techniques in providing a high-speed, high-precision cutting capability while significantly reducing system size and power requirements. The tightly focused, high-energy suspension microjet makes cuts as narrow as 0.006 inch and is ideally suited for micromachining applications.
Cleaning and Blasting
In addition to its usefulness and versatility as a cutting technique, high-pressure water jet technology offers an ideal means of removing paint and other deposits from a variety of surfaces. Operating at pressures as high as 35,000 psi, water jet cleaning tools strip paints, epoxies, sealants, rust scale, biogrowth, and many other deposits without damaging the base material and without introducing harsh solvents and chemicals into the environment.
SwRI's Water Jet Lab: An R&D and Service Facility
SwRI's water jet laboratory provides high-pressure pumping capabilities of up to 55,000 psi and is equipped with a two-axis, computer-controlled cutting table that can be programmed manually or with CAD/CAM. The laboratory is available both for research and development activities and as a service facility for clients with specialized cutting or cleaning needs.
Expert in all aspects of water jet technology, SwRI engineers and technicians assist in evaluating clients' cutting or cleaning requirements and in finding cost-effective, creative, and application-specific solutions to a variety of cutting or cleaning problems.
Water Jet Cutting Systems
Water Jet Blasting and Cleaning Techniques