Aquam’s Whirlwind™ is a novel invention introducing a new process to remove tubercles and other deposits from the internal pipe walls of potable water mains. Tubercles form as the result of corrosion inside steel and cast water mains and consist of layers of corrosion product (rust), building up over time to form lumps and mounds over local areas of metal loss. Tubercles can severely reduce the internal bore of pipes, leading to reduced flow and a necessary increase in pumping pressure to maintain a supply of water through the pipe.
The Whirlwind™ method uses two diesel engines to power the blowers producing sufficient air power to generate a turbulent airflow through the pipe work. The blowers can be operated individually or in parallel to produce a turbulent air flow under pressure in different diameter pipelines. The method uses large quantities of water to flush away loosened tubercle debris from inside the pipe and the dirty waste water is dumped to surface drains. In addition the physical action of the steel flails impacting the pipe wall can dislodge the pipe at the joints causing leaks in the pipeline supply.
The Pneumatic Micro-Cutter can be used to clean and remove pipe debris, calcite and roots from the inside of a variety of pipes including steel, cast iron and orangeburg, and is also good for reinstating pipes.
The system rotates at 2000 RPM and will negotiate turns of 90 degrees in pipes down to 2” in diameter. It runs at 40 CFM and allows for multiple cutting and cleaning heads to be attached.
Light Duty Electric Micro-Cutter
The Light Duty Electric Micro-Cutter is great when little cleaning and reinstating is necessary. It is light, compact, easy to use and can negotiate turns of 90 degrees.
The Light Duty Electric Micro-Cutter is designed for indoor use of commercial, industrial and high-rise buildings, where it is difficult for pneumatic access. The foot pedal activated cutter runs at 110 volts with variable speeds in a variety of pipes.