About Dry Ice Works

Dry Ice Works |21421 Hilltop St 25SouthfieldMI48033 | (248) 356-9616

Meet The Dry Ice Works Team

item imageBridget MahrleCo-Owner
item imageGordon MahrleCo-Owner
item imageKasier LewisOperations
item imageDQuan AlfredLead Blast Technician
item imageKyle MerrittLead Blast Technician
item imageTokiama LewisBlast Technician
item imageCody HallBlast Technician
item imagePeachesCompany Mascot

For Every Cleaning Challenge,
There is a Solution

Owner, Gordon Mahrle, has been in the commercial cleaning industry for more than 25 years. While known for his dedication to high standards and attention to detail, the real value to his customers is his determination to find a solution.

That determination is what ultimately lead to the creation of Dry Ice Works. In 2010, Gordon faced a project that did not allow him to use traditional cleaning methods such as power washing. So Gordon went on a mission to find a solution. That solution was dry ice blasting — and the results were impressive! They were so remarkable that Gordon decided to invest in this revolutionary, eco-friendly cleaning method to serve even more industries.

The Dry Ice Works Difference

When you hire Dry Ice Works, you get Dry Ice Works. Gordon personally oversees your project from start to finish.

The price we give you is the price you pay. There are no hidden fees or up-charges.

Your satisfaction is our top priority. Gordon consults with you throughout the entire process to ensure your 100% satisfaction.

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The Science Behind Dry Ice Blasting

C02 Blasting

CO2 blasting works because of three primary factors: pellet kinetic energy, thermal shock effect, and thermal-kinetic effect. Dry ice blasting machines optimize blast performance for each application by combining these forces.

Pellet Kinetic Energy

The process incorporates high velocity (supersonic) nozzles for surface preparation and coating removal applications. Since kinetic impact force is a product of the pellet mass and velocity over time, the delivery system achieves the greatest impact force possible from a solid CO2 pellet by propelling the pellets to the highest velocities attainable in the blasting industry.

Thermal Shock Effect

Instantaneous sublimation (phase change from solid to gas) of CO2 pellet upon impact absorbs maximum heat from the very thin top layer of surface coating or contaminant. The very rapid transfer of heat into the pellet from the coating top layer creates an extremely large temperature differential between successive micro-layers within the coating.

This sharp thermal gradient produces localized high shear stresses between the micro-layers, which in turn causes rapid micro-crack propagation between the layers leading to contamination and/or coating final bond failure at the surface of the substrate, meaning that, for lack of a better term, the sudden, intense temperature change causes the surface coating to crack and peel away.

Thermal-Kinetic Effect

The combined impact energy dissipation and extremely rapid heat transfer between the pellet and the surface cause instantaneous sublimation of the solid CO2 into gas. The gas expands to nearly 800 times the volume of the pellet in a few milliseconds in what is effectively a "Micro-explosion" at the point of impact.

The "micro-explosion," as the pellet changes to gas, is further enhanced for lifting thermally-fractured coating particles from the substrate. This is because of the pellet's lack of rebound energy, which tends to distribute its mass along the surface during the impact. The CO2 gas expands outward along the surface and its resulting "explosion shock front" effectively provides an area of high pressure focused between the surface and the thermally fractured coating particles. This results in a very efficient lifting force to carry the particles away from the surface.

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We’re ready to help you achieve sparkling-clean equipment with no stress, no messy cleanup, and minimal downtime. Sound too good to be true? Let us prove you wrong! Call us today to speak with our experts and get the quality cleaning your equipment deserves.

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