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Behavior of different PMMA qualities under CO2 laser irradiation
Author(s): Rene C. Joeckle; Bernard Gautier; Fabrice Lacroix; Stephane Clemens; Lam Thanh My
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Paper Abstract

The destruction process of PMMA under high power IR laser irradiation is a boiling process. In cast PMMA, bubbles remaining trapped at the end of the irradiation give a mat aspect to the burn pattern; on extruded PMMA this latter remains clear. This difference of behavior results from the wide difference of viscosity of these two qualities: the cast one is reticulated and its viscosity at the vicinity of vaporization temperature is still too high to be measured, whereas the extruded PMMA is rather fluid at high temperature. High speed video pictures show that a boiling process occurs for the two materials; however, at the end of the irradiation, the fast cooling of a high viscosity material traps the residual bubbles whereas the bubbles formed in the fluid extruded boiling PMMA can escape and the surface appears free of bubbles.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 1993
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 1810, 9th International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers, (4 May 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.144563
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Rene C. Joeckle, French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (France)
Bernard Gautier, French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (France)
Fabrice Lacroix, French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (France)
Stephane Clemens, Lab. des Materiaux Macromoleculaires INSA/Lyon (France)
Lam Thanh My, Lab. des Materiaux Macromoleculaires INSA/Lyon (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1810:
9th International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers

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