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Commercial applications for COIL
Author(s): Wayne C. Solomon; David L. Carroll; D. M. King; L. A. Fockler; D. S. Stromberg; M. Sexauer; A. Milmoe; Lee H. Sentman
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Paper Abstract

The chemical oxygen-iodine laser (COIL) is a high power, fiber deliverable tool, which can be used for a number of different industrial applications. COIL is of particular interest because of its short fiber deliverable wavelength, high scaleable continuous wave power, and excellent material interaction properties. In past research the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign identified and decommissioning and decontamination (DD) of nuclear facilities as a primary focus for COIL technology. DD will be a major challenge in the coming decades. The use of a robotically driven fiber delivered cutting/ablation tool in contaminated areas promises to lower risks to workers for the DD mission. Further, the high cutting speed of COIL will significantly reduce the time required to cut contaminated equipment, reducing costs. The high power of COIL will permit the dismantling of thick stacks of piping and equipment as well as reactor vessels. COIL is very promising for the removal of material from contaminated surfaces, perhaps to depths thicker than an inch. Laser cutting and ablation minimizes dust and fumes, which reduces the required number of high efficiency particulate accumulator filters, thus reducing costly waste disposal. Other potential industrial applications for COIL are shipbuilding, automotive manufacturing, heavy machinery manufacturing, tasks requiring underwater cutting or welding, and there appear to be very promising applications for high powers lasers in the oil industry.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 January 2000
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 3887, High-Power Lasers in Civil Engineering and Architecture, (14 January 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.375175
Show Author Affiliations
Wayne C. Solomon, CU Aerospace (United States)
David L. Carroll, CU Aerospace (United States)
D. M. King, Univ. of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign (United States)
L. A. Fockler, Univ. of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign (United States)
D. S. Stromberg, Univ. of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign (United States)
M. Sexauer, Univ. of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign (United States)
A. Milmoe, Univ. of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Lee H. Sentman, Univ. of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3887:
High-Power Lasers in Civil Engineering and Architecture
Sadao Nakai; Lloyd A. Hackel; Wayne C. Solomon, Editor(s)

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