A study of cavitation induced surface erosion in abrasive waterjet cutting systems
- Publication Type:
- Journal Article
- Advanced Materials Research, 2008, 53-54 pp. 357 - 362
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Current jet cutting systems experience severe nozzle erosion and associated maintenance and downtime costs. An experimental investigation was conducted to qualitatively and quantitatively analyse the generation of cavitation in a high pressure water jet cutting system, and to characterise cavitation induced accelerated surface erosion by slurries. The analysis of surface morphology indicates that the shearing induced by cavitation played a major role in the erosion process. The results promise a feasible solution to reduce nozzle wear, and to enhance material removal in the jet cutting process.
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