FEASIBILITY RESEARCH ON A NOVEL ROCK DRILL CONCEPT

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$40,000.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
5259
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Flow Research Company
21414 68th Ave S., Kent, WA, 98032
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
Dr. Mohamed Hashish
Senior Scientist
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
FLOW INDUSTRIES HAS CONCEIVED A NOVEL DRILLING METHOD THAT ENABLES RAPID PENETRATION OF HARD ROCK WITH A DRILL HAVING NO MOVING PARTS. THE DRILL UTILIZES A HIGH-VELOCITY WATER/ABRASIVE SPRAY EMITTED FROM A STATIONARY PIPE AND NOZZLE ASSEMBLY. LIMITED LABORATORY TESTING HAS BEEN CONDUCTED, VERIFYING THE ABILITY TO RAPIDLY ADVANCE SUCH A DRILL THROUGH HARD ROCK. HOWEVER, ADDITIONAL RESEARCH AND EXPERIMENTATION IS NECESSARY IN ORDER TO OPTIMIZE PERFORMANCE AND TO ASSESS TECHNICAL AND ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY. WORK UNDER PHASE I WILL INCLUDE STUDY AND OPTIMIZATION OF NOZZLE DESIGNS, MEASUREMENTS OF THE EFFECTS OF VARIATION OF SEVERAL KEY SYSTEM PARAMETERS, FULL SCALE DRILL TESTING IN VARIOUS ROCK TYPES AND PREPARATION OF A FEASIBILITY EVALUATION AND TECHNICAL REPORT.

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