June 07, 2016
Q&A: How does the Geopolymer system work?

Posted by: Joe Royer 5:00 minute read

In today’s blog, development manager Joe Royer explains how the GeoSpray system works.

Q: How similar is the sprayer equipment to a paint sprayer?

A: It’s just like a paint sprayer. The difference is with a paint sprayer, there is a spray nozzle with very small holes and an air pressure system forcing material outside of the sprayer. Our system is a bit larger.

Q: How is Milliken Infrastructure Solutions’ GeoSpray system different?

A: Our systems work as we are pumping mortar. At minimum, you’ll have a 1.5 inch or 38mm mortar hose to pump material through.

Q: How big are the holes on the GeoSpray system?

A:The size of the holes on the spinner are typically 1.5 inch long slots that are about half an inch wide.

Q: That sounds similar to a sprayer you’d use in your garden. Is it?

A: It is more complicated than this analogy, but it’s not much more complicated. Don’t think of it as a garden hose sprayer where you are pulling down a lever and it’s opening up the material and you are spraying. It’s literally a tube.

The way I like to explain it is, it’s like you are rotating razor blades around it so fast that the material moving in looks and feels like a solid, even though it’s a pumpable liquid. The sprayer is essentially just throwing that material off.

Q: Will the system ever clog?

A: It’s almost impossible for a large rock or aggregate or piece of trash to get into the system, which is just about the only way it will clog.

Q: What is the lifespan of these sprayers?

A: Because the material is fairly abrasive, this equipment will definitely wear. More specifically, the circular bearings on the rotating systems will typically wear out as a result of that abrasive material. Fortunately, they are replaceable, so all you really have to do is buy a repair kit that has those same circular bearings.

The Geospray system offers tremendous value over competitive repair systems. Not only has the sprayer been engineered to create a consistent, even geopolymer layer, cutting down on repair times, but the geopolymer itself has been proven to reduce greenhouse emissions and increase chemical resistance.

Join us next week as we explore additional products in our geopolymers portfolio, and dive deeper into the unique applications and benefits that our customers are realizing in the field every day.

Don't want to wait for next week's post? Click here to learn more about how GeoSpray geopolymer is used in the field and to access a full list of case studies.

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