Three Omax Corp. (Kent, WA) research and development engineers received the Best Paper Award at the 24th International Conference on Water Jetting 2018, Sept. 5-6 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Dr. Axel Henning (director of Omax R&D), Pete Miles, and Ernst Schubert (both senior mechanical engineers at OMAX) collectively wrote the paper titled, “Effects of Particle Fragmentation on Performance of the Abrasive Waterjet.” It highlighted how, at higher pressures, abrasive breaks apart to a finer dust before exiting the nozzle, resulting in reduced cutting power.
“The paper is a study in cutting performance from an abrasive particle size perspective,” Miles said. The study found “the portion of larger particles decreases significantly with higher pressures and the amount of fines that have no significant impact in the cutting process increases substantially.”
The 24th International Conference of Water Jetting, hosted by the BHR Group (Cranfield, United Kingdom), showcased innovators in water-jetting technology discussing everything from pure research to case study.
“We feel very honored because the Best Paper Award is selected by the most renowned people in the industry and academia,” Henning said.
The article appears in The 24th International Conference on Water Jetting 2018 book published through BHR Group.