Solving Customer Problems with Advanced Technology
Hydro Dynamics has developed a patented, proprietary technology providing breakthrough benefits for process intensification and/or scale-free heating of fluids. Process intensification is the microscopic mixing of dissimilar fluids or gasses to increase mass transfer. The Company’s product, the ShockWave Power™ Reactor (SPR) utilizes controlled cavitation” to solve critical problems for customers in numerous industries. ShockWave Power™ represents a paradigm shift for industry and is truly a next generation technology that allows customers to realize significant cost savings through reduced raw materials costs, improved efficiencies, lower capital expenditures, decreased maintenance costs, reduced waste and improved environmental impact. The Company, founded in 1991, is headquartered in Rome, Georgia.
As a liquid passes through the SPR it is subjected to “controlled cavitation”. The heart of the device is a specially designed rotor that spins. The spinning action generates hydrodynamic cavitation in the rotor cavities away from the metal surfaces. The cavitation is controlled and therefore there is no damage. As microscopic cavitation bubbles are produced and collapse, shockwaves are given off into the liquid which can heat and/or mix.
The SPR technology represents a new and innovative way to apply energy to liquids. The technology has three distinct capabilities:
- Scale-Free Heating
- Mixing (Increased Mass Transfer)
While varying by application, one or more of these significant benefits will be realized through the use of an SPR over conventional technologies:
- Process intensification and acceleration
- Improved process efficiencies (in time, operating costs, and/or capital costs)
- Improved product quality, yield and/or raw material savings
- Elimination or reduction of process downtime from maintenance requirements
- More effective and efficient mixing and increase transfer rate
- Low power mixing for most all applications
ShockWave Powered Hops Extraction
With the proliferation of craft breweries the demand for hops and prices have increased. When The ShockWave Power™ cavitation technology is applied to the different brewing processes, combined with expertise in hop utilization, it allows brewers to produce beers with less hops and the same great flavors. The ShockWave technology harnesses the normally destructive power of cavitation and controls it so its pressure fluctuations can be used for increased hop flavor extraction.
The ShockWave Power technology is an easy retrofit for any brewery and can be applied to more efficiently use bittering hops or aroma hops. The cavitation allows for greater extraction of the flavors without heavy shear that can destroy proteins or create fines that are difficult to separate.Using less hops also allows brewers to produce more beer by throwing away less product in the form of beer soaked hops. Hopping speed can also be increased, especially in dry hopping. Brewers can also use the ShockWave Technology to impart other flavors including fruits, coffee and chocolate. ShockWave Power can also provide similar advantages in liquor, wine and other products.
The ShockWave Power Reactor cavitation technology is developed and manufactured by Hydro Dynamics, Inc. of Rome, Georgia. The SPR™ equipment uses the physical phenomenon of cavitation, normally known as destructive force, and harnesses it to solve critical industrial mixing, extraction and heating problems. The SPR can now be found on four continents in applications ranging from biodiesel production to hops extraction for beer. Learn more at: www.hydrodynamics.com.