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Learn about the Waterjet Technology: how does it work and which are the main advantages?
The Waterjet Technology uses the water as a energy vector for all processing, and it falls under in those technologies deﬁned as nonconventional even if the elements underlying the process – water for the pure jet and water and sand for the abrasive jet – are the most common in nature.
What does the water use entail?
Great availability, cost-eﬀectiveness, and a total absence of environmental impact.
The speciﬁc water jet energy, possibly supplemented by particles of abrasive material, determines the cutting action and it is of a mechanical type.
In the Waterjet technology (WJ), the high-velocity water jet performs the cut, while in the other one with the hydro-abrasive jet (Abrasive Waterjet AWJ), the water jet aim is to transfer its own momentum change to the abrasive particles, whose erosive action causes the material removal.
The water reaches high pressures thanks to a pumping system and then is sent to the cutting head, where the pressure energy is converted into kinetic energy.
Do you know that the Waterjet and Abrasive Waterjet systems
are functionally superior than the traditional cutting systems?
Thanks to the availability of highly sophisticated software, the Waterjet and Abrasive Waterjet technologies are a valuable solution for the ﬁnal users.
Employed in many industrial sectors – from the aeronautics and the automative to the simple mechanical processing – is suitable for working with many materials such as: metals, plastic, glass, composite, ceramic, stone, etc.
The main advantages which make the Waterjet and Abrasive Waterjet technologies preferable to the more traditional ones are:
- Cold cutting: the jet does not alter thermally the material;
- Clean cutting: the waste of material is limited and the burrs are not evident.
- Slow-running cutting: the strength that the jet tool applies to the material processed is reduced (about some tens of Newton), this does not make necessary of robust clamping ﬁxtures and allows to work fragile materials, performing geometries with a considerable degree of complexity.
Other important applications are performed in the mining and constriction sectors.
The use of water jet, as a technical procedure for the plastic deformation, is still at the experimental stage.