The Role of Wheelblast in

Author:  Kumar Balan
Source:  The Shot Peener magazine, Vol 31, Issue 3, Summer 2017
Doc ID:  2017022
Year of Publication:  2017
Part I of this series focused on application-centric reasons to help determine the choice of airblast or wheelblast for your shot peening equipment needs. The relatively higher amount of blast media propelled by wheelblast machines resulting in faster production throughput than airblast machines was recognized as a major contributing factor in this choice. An experienced shot peener knows that whether airblast or wheelblast, shot peening is primarily governed by the basic four concepts: (1) How hard we throw (intensity),(2) How much we throw (coverage),(3)What we throw (shape and size of peening media), and (4) Where we throw (targeting and masking). Shot peening relies heavily on controlling these four aspects to achieve repeatable results. Part II of our discussion will focus on the above in relationship to wheelblast machines.

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