IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM DOC:
Many have asked TONS of questions like… Can I use the Wave mat in a dredge? Can I use this with Talon mat? Etc.. Understanding that the WAVE mat is a LOW energy mat is critical. It would NOT play well with standard mats such as scrubber, talon, etc. It’s more in the line of UR and Washer mat in needed energy. If you want to use this mat in your NORMAL sluice, not a soft and quiet sluice… You probably need to go with the BIG Wave mat. We’ll be doing videos shortly. Again, if you know how low energy the Gold Cube is… the Wave mat can be used in it.
Small Wave Mat
The Wave Mat can be used in lower water volume sluices where the water is roughly 1/4″ to 3/4″” deep. It is a LOWER ENERGY mat like the Washer mat and will not work well with standard matting like Scrubber and Talon. For that you need the BIG Wave mat below. Each mat is 36″ WIDE and 6″ long.
Big Wave Mat
The BIG WAVE MAT is the hardest to mat to produce and the most expensive in our line. It’s a LOT of material and heavy. It is designed to run in standard highbankers and sluices that have higher water levels.
Unlike any other mat on the market today, the new WAVE MAT™ from GoldHog® uses a different technology to capture super fine gold. It utilizes water speed, velocity, settling velocity, and terminal velocity principles to capture fine gold from previously difficult to process materials. (Thick slurries, fine beach sands, etc)
Doc has been working on this now Patent Pending Technology(SEE FAQ) for about two years. We plan to utilize it in several ways, but the first is the new WAVE MAT.
The PATENT PENDING (SEE FAQ) elliptical / convex surface causes A CHANGE IN SLURRY SPEED AND ENERGY, allowing gold to fall out of the slurry without the turbulence of a RIFFLE. Much like happens when a river or stream TURN A CORNER. This provides a variance in flows and energy which is required for settling. Also, the bed-load (lower portion) of the slurry gently rises and falls without turbulence, and this action allows the heaviest particles to fall out of the flow first… and be captured.
“Allowing for a settling/stratification without using TURBULENCE… is the KEY.”
The standard way…
Normally most sluices use some form of “riffle” or flow interruption to create an EXCHANGE zone via a vortex-like generator in combination with a low pressure area. Many of our mats do the same thing, but in a much gentler way. The material must RIDE OVER SOMETHING … which is then followed by a low pressure zone or VORTEX in an attempt to classify / hold material based on its weight or specific gravity.
There are many forces / factors that can over ride the specific gravity separation only method.
However the WAVE MAT™ does NOT create any flow interruption or rely on vortexes. Instead exposing the slurry and material to a WAVE LIKE (HUMP) pattern, the energy and slurry is very slightly slowed down at different points. This slow down, or low pressure / energy zone allows the heaviest of the material in the slurry to drop out of the flow. Similar effects happen when rivers turn corners or WIDEN out. Once the fine gold drops out of the slurry, it is offered lots of small hiding places, GROOVES, to hide from the energy of the slurry.
Also there is a LIFT and FALL effect as the materials and slurry rise over the hump and then are released on the opposite side. Think of traveling down the road at 60 mph and going over that HUMP in the road. You, and everything else in your vehicle is slightly airborne for second. The slurry feels the same thing. Lighter material continues with the rising flow and heavier material drops first and “hugs the hump” and drops out.