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Cracking Rock Fracturing with Water Jets

One of the great advances made to water jet cutting was the addition of an abrasive element, this turning the water into a cutting force that could make light of virtually any material.

However, we recently read about one very specific example in which pure water cutting can still be preferable to abrasive water jet cutting.

This, though, isn’t a use that will impact too many clients. If you are cutting metal, or plastics, or ceramics or even food you want an abrasive water jet cutting.

Pure water jet cutting is a wonderful way to explore rocks that contain natural cracks. Explore is a key word however. If the intention was to examine the contents of a rock for the purposes of seeing fossils, or minerals then pure water jet cutting can provide a more delicate approach.

Increasingly, water jet cutting is used for purposes of mining and splitting rocks deliberately. Here, the abrasive water jet cutting can be a far more dynamic force

Practical Applications

For those in the mining industry, this means better rock-breaking techniques and, ultimately, more efficient extraction processes. It’s all about leveraging the natural characteristics of rocks to our advantage.

So, the next time you see a tough rock, remember: with the right technology, even the hardest materials can be conquered.

Real-World Impact

Imagine you’re working in a mine and need to extract valuable minerals from deep within the earth. Using AWJ technology, you can cut through the toughest rocks more quickly and efficiently. This not only speeds up the extraction process but also reduces operational costs. Plus, it’s safer for workers since there’s less need for explosives or heavy machinery.

Future Prospects

The findings from the research into rock fracturing aren’t just theoretical. By integrating these insights into existing AWJ systems, it is hoped that more efficient cutting techniques can be developed. This could lead to significant advancements in mining and other industries that rely on rock cutting.

Work with the UK’s leading Water Jet Cutters

At TMC, we are a water jet cutter that serves the whole of the UK and increasingly Europe too, with clients across the content trusting us to work on their projects.

Despite our success, we remain a company that focuses on every client and work on projects of all sizes. If you think water jet cutting might be of use for your project, please do get in touch for an obligation-free chat.

Call us on 01625 610 441 or use our Contact Form.