Title

The Use of High Pressure Waterjets in Cutting Foam

Abstract

Expanded plastic foam is increasingly being used as a light, inexpensive yet effective method for providing object support in packaging. However, the most effective use of this support requires that the packaging material be carved to roughly conform to the shape of the packaged object. High Pressure waterjet cutting systems were developed for use as industrial cutting tools, with significant market penetration having occurred within the last seven years. The majority of the applications for this novel tool have, however, been directed at cutting harder and more difficult materials, with the use of abrasive injection, or for the cutting of relatively soft materials. The range of foams which must be considered for the current operation lies over a range of densities which fits between these two extremes. The cutting of foam, in general, provides a material which it is extremely easy to cut at relatively rapid rates.

Meeting Name

Fourth U.S. Water Jet Conference

Department(s)

Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Sponsor(s)

The Water Jet Technology Association
The Mining and Excavation Research Institute

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 1987 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), All rights reserved.

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