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In-volume heating using high-power laser diodes
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Paper Abstract

High-power lasers are useful instruments suitable for applications in various fields; the most common industrial applications include cutting and welding. We propose a new application of high-power laser diodes as in-bulk heating source for food industry. Current heating processes use surface heating with different approaches to make the heat distribution more uniform and the process more efficient. High-power lasers can in theory provide in-bulk heating which can sufficiently increase the uniformity of heat distribution thus making the process more efficient. We chose two media (vegetable fat and glucose) for feasibility experiments. First, we checked if the media have necessary absorption coefficients on the wavelengths of commercially available laser diodes (940-980 nm). This was done using spectrophotometer at 700-1100 nm which provided the dependences of transmission from the wavelength. The results indicate that vegetable fat has noticeable transmission dip around 925 nm and glucose has sufficient dip at 990 nm. Then, after the feasibility check, we did numerical simulation of the heat distribution in bulk using finite elements method. Based on the results, optimal laser wavelength and illuminator configuration were selected. Finally, we carried out several pilot experiments with high-power diodes heating the chosen media.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 March 2015
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9348, High-Power Diode Laser Technology and Applications XIII, 934812 (13 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2079792
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Valentin S. Denisenkov, A. M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute (Russian Federation)
National Research Univ. of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (Russian Federation)
Vadim V. Kiyko, A. M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute (Russian Federation)
National Research Univ. of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (Russian Federation)
Gleb V. Vdovin, National Research Univ. of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (Russian Federation)
Technische Univ. Delft (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9348:
High-Power Diode Laser Technology and Applications XIII
Mark S. Zediker, Editor(s)

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