FEASIBILITY RESEARCH ON A NOVEL ROCK DRILL CONCEPT

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 5259
Amount: $40,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1987
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Flow Research Company
21414 68th Ave S., Kent, WA, 98032
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
 Dr. Mohamed Hashish
Title: Senior Scientist
Phone: () -
Research Institution
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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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