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DEVELOPMENT OF MACHINING WITH ABRASIVE-WATERJETS

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
1609
Program Year/Program:
1988 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
1609
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Flow Research Inc
21414 - 68th Avenue South Kent, WA 98032
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1988
Title: DEVELOPMENT OF MACHINING WITH ABRASIVE-WATERJETS
Agency: NSF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $246,000.00
 

Abstract:

FLOW INDUSTRIES, INC. HAS DEVELOPED A POWERFUL NEW CUTTING TOOL USING HIGHLY PRESSURIZED WATERJETS IN COMBINATIONS WITH ABRASIVE MATERIAL. THE ABRASIVE-WATERJET CUTS ALL METALS AND NON-METALS WITH NO HEAT, VIBRATION OR SHEAR STRESS EFFECTS, LEAVING AN EXCEPTIONAL SURFACE FINISH. THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROPOSAL IS TO INVESTIGATE THE FEASIBILITY OF DEVELOPING ABRASIVE-WATERJET TECHNOLOGY AS A MACHINING TOOL. THIS IS A MICROMACHINING PROCESS THAT COULD BE SUITABLE FOR THE MACHINING OF METALS BUT IS ESPECIALLY APPROPRIATE FOR CERAMICS, METAL MATRIXED COMPOSITES, OTHER HARD-TO-MACHINE MATERIALS AND FOR MACHINING COMPLEX SHAPES. IN PHASE I, THE PROPOSAL IS TO IDENTIFY THE MACHINING PARAMETERS, ABRASIVE-WATERJET TOOL CONFIGURATION AND VERIFY THE MACHINING PROCESS ON A LATHE. PHASE I ALSO INCLUDES A PRELIMINARY DEMONSTRATION OF A 3-DIMENSIONAL MILLING CAPABILITY OF ABRASIVE-WATERJETS. THE STUDY WILL PROVIDE RESULTS ON MACHINING ABRASIVE-WATERJET TOOL CONFIGURATIONS, RATES OF MATERIAL REMOVED AND QUALITY OF MACHINED SURFACES. SEVERAL TYPES OF MATERIALS WILL BE MACHINED WITH ABRASIVE-WATERJETS AND THE RESULTS WILL BE COMPARED WITH MACHINING BY CONVENTIONAL TECHNIQUES. SUCCESSFUL DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONCEPT COULD PROVIDE A NEW TOOL TO ALMOST ALL MACHINING APPLICATIONS.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Mohamed Hashish
Senior Research Scientist
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Business Contact:

Dr.mohamed hashish
SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST
Small Business Information at Submission:

Flow Research Co
21414 68th Ave South Kent, WA 98032

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No