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Characterization of laser peening-induced effects on a biomedical Ti6Al4V alloy by thermoelectric means
Author(s): Hector Carreón; Sandra Barriuso; Juan Antonio Porro; Jose Luis González-Carrasco; José Luis Ocaña
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Paper Abstract

Laser peening has recently emerged as a useful technique to overcome detrimental effects associated with other well-known surface modification processes such as shot peening or grit blasting used in the biomedical field. It is worthwhile to notice that besides the primary residual stress effect, thermally induced effects might also cause subtle surface and subsurface microstructural changes that might influence corrosion resistance and fatigue strength of structural components. In this work, plates of Ti-6Al-4V alloy of 7 mm in thickness were modified by laser peening without using a sacrificial outer layer. Irradiation by a Q-switched Nd-YAG laser (9.4-ns pulse length) working at the fundamental 1064-nm wavelength at 2.8  J/pulse and with water as a confining medium was used. Laser pulses with a 1.5-mm diameter at an equivalent overlapping density of 5000  cm−2 were applied. Attempts to analyze the global-induced effects after laser peening were addressed by using the contacting and noncontacting thermoelectric power techniques.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 June 2014
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 53(12) 122502 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.53.12.122502
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 53, Issue 12
Show Author Affiliations
Hector Carreón, Univ. Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo (Mexico)
Sandra Barriuso, Ctr. Nacional de Investigaciones Metalúrgicas (Spain)
Juan Antonio Porro, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
Jose Luis González-Carrasco, Ctr. Nacional de Investigaciones Metalúrgicas (Spain)
Ctr. Investigación Biomédica en Red en Bioingeniería (Spain)
José Luis Ocaña, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)

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