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Marine Epoxy REMOVAL TESTS
We compared the effectiveness of DUSTLESS BLASTING® to traditional sandblasting for marine maintenance & repair.
The owner of a prominent marine repair shipyard on the Mexican Pacific coast has significant productivity concerns due to the dust production from their current dry blasting processes.
At their request, we embarked on a series of experiments in order to quantify exactly the benefits of upgrading their shipyard's dry sandblasting equipment to DUSTLESS BLASTING® equipment.
We began by recreating the exact conditions of the marine coatings they employ at our facility in Houston.
DESCRIPTION OF THE EXPERIMENTS
The total area was prepped, treated with marine epoxy paint, and then divided into three segments of 9m2 each for the following tests:
- Initial test area to validate the performance of our blast equipment.
- Area with 48 squares of 1 sqft. each for tests of different configurations.
- Area for final validation of abrasion speed in high speed configuration: 6 squares of 1m2.
The experiments were carried out dry and wet with:
- 2 types of abrasive (copper slag, medium grit crushed glass).
- 3 abrasive flow configurations (0.25in, 0.5in, 0.75in).
- 3 blast pressure levels (100psi, 125psi, 150psi).
- 3 different nozzles (#5, #6, #6XL).
our results & conclusions
Our main takeaway is that wet blasting with copper slag (their abrasive of choice) is significantly speedier than dry blasting. The tremendous advantage of transitioning their equipment line to dustless blasting cannot be emphasized enough, as it is not only faster, but also suppresses dust, enabling nearby workers to carry on with their tasks uninterrupted.
- The shipyard's dry blasting average removal rate: 11 square meters per hour
- DUSTLESS BLASTING® average removal rate: 14.5 square meters per hour
In this field test, Dustless Blasting provided a 31.82% increase in coating removal speed compared to dry blasting.
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