Hydro Demolition Wrecks Concrete at 35,000 psi

concrete hydro demolition


Concrete is a long-lasting structure containing compacted rocks and minerals. The contents of each concrete mixture vary, but most typically follow the same basic formula for creation:

  • Cement
  • Cementing materials
  • Aggregates
  • Chemical admixtures

The beauty of concrete is its functionality in different architectural situations. Variations of concrete are included to attest for specified functions and climates. These variations provide maximum durability and strength. Concrete has literally paved the way for the construction industry’s successes. With its versatility, concrete is used for roads, basements, bridges, and skyscrapers.

Because concrete is made to last for up to 50 years, it’s not easy to destroy. Therefore, a nifty process is utilized by construction managers to wear away old, deteriorated concrete. This process is called hydro demolition. Hydro demolition uses water at extremely high pressures to remove old Hydro demolition is the safest of all concrete remover processes because it is all natural and leaves minimal concrete debris.

Hydro demolition requires a controlled hydro demolition robot. These robots vary in size, but they tend to be quite hefty ranging from 2,000 to 5,000 pounds. The hydro demolition robot controls the waterjets that breaks down concrete bonds. The waterjets operate at ultra-high pressures, or about 35,000 psi. This creates the perfect velocity of 1,500 mph to safely remove concrete without harming any underlying structures.

There are several benefits to hydro demolition compared to other concrete removal processes like jackhammering. Some benefits include:

  • It’s safe. Hydro demolition is completed by a robot. No dirty work is necessary.
  • It’s versatile. Hydro demolition robots can scale height for hard-to-reach areas.
  • It’s accurate. Every hydro demolition robot is programmed to avoid flaws.
  • It’s environmentally friendly. Water is the only product coming out of the robot.
  • It’s efficient. Hydro demolition robots are engineered to complete projects in a timely manner.

The continued exploration of construction equipment will lead to an open market for hydro demolition. Although hydro demolition robots are expensive, they are well worth the investment for safe and accurate results.

CEDARVILLE Engineering Group, LLC (CEG) uses advanced technologies to complete every construction project with ease. Call us at 610-705-4500 or email info@cedarvilleeng.com to find out more.

By: J. Auerbach

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