Blast Simulation Technology

At Wheelabrator we are committed to achieving the optimum blast result for you and utilise innovative blast simulation technology to ensure this.

The simulation process involves accurately positioning blast wheels to replicate the real machine dimensions, the blast pattern is then programmed and the cleaning effect of one rebound is calculated, using a 3D model of the part.

This part is then blasted (in the simulation) and as the complex surface area accumulates hits, the part changes a certain colour. Each colour represents the degree of surface profile cleanness.

This simulation allows our engineers to examine the blast result closely. The various colours clearly identify certain areas of the workpiece that need to be blasted more intensively, these are shown by the surface area in the blue and purple tones. To correct this "under-blasting", the engineer would change the position of wheels or add more wheels to the machine. "Over-blasted" areas (depicted in reds) need to be corrected, either by changing the position of the wheels, or by reducing the number of blast wheels.

wheelblast wheel positioningThis process also verifies the influence of the angle of impact, velocity, quantity, size and shape of the shot blast media and also of the ricochet effect of the shot. Over 140 parameters are programmed to create the simulation.

Blast simulation technology guarantees we find the optimal machine type and wheel arrangement for your exact specifications, for your workpiece. It saves energy, enables the machine to be delivered in a shorter lead time, the technical risk is minimised and a basis for the technical specification is achieved.

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