Evaluation of erosion phenomena in a nozzle for Abrasive Water Jet Cutting

Three phase Flow in a nozzle

Gas, liquid, and abrasive particles flow in a nozzle for Abrasive Water Jet Cutting


In an abrasive water jet cutting device a high-speed water jet is used to accelerate abrasive particles forming a turbulent mixture of water, entrained air and abrasive powders traveling at hundreds of meters per second. The focusing tube represents a key component, whose primary scope is to focus and stabilize the flow forming in the mixing chamber, in order to ensure optimal cutting performances of the device. Nevertheless, this nozzle often happens to be the first target of the erosive action of the flow. This phenomenon significantly shortens the operational life of a nozzle. The numerical approach proposed in this work aims to provide an insight to this very fast and disruptive phenomena that are difficult and expensive to be captured by purely experimental studies.