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High-power COIL and YAG laser welding
Author(s): Fumio Wani; Tokuhiro Nakabayashi; Akiyoshi Hayakawa; Sachio Suzuki; Kozu Yasuda
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Paper Abstract

We have constructed a laser welding system, which enabled high-power laser welding by combining three laser beams of 1 mm wavelength. Its wavelength enables optical silica fibers transmission and the flexible system. The heart of this system consists of a 4 kW and a 6 kW Nd:YAG lasers and a 10 kW Chemical Oxygen-Iodine Laser (COIL). The average power of the combined beam is up to over 20 kW. The effects of various welding parameters were investigated, such as the laser power, pulse modulation, and so on. The 10 kW COIL has a very good beam quality which is 64 mm.mrad. The beam spot diameter is 0.48 mm at the focal point. On the contrary the beam quality of Nd:YAG laser is worse, but it has the function of pulse modulation which the COIL dose not have. As a result of the welding test with the 6 kW Nd:YAG laser, it was clarified that the pulse wave (PW) has good efficiency of deeper penetration at low welding speed. When the combined beam with CW COIL and PW Nd:YAG laser was used, 20 mm penetration on the stainless steel could be achieved at a welding speed of 1 m/min.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 May 2002
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4631, Gas and Chemical Lasers and Intense Beam Applications III, (6 May 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.465774
Show Author Affiliations
Fumio Wani, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (Japan)
Tokuhiro Nakabayashi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (Japan)
Akiyoshi Hayakawa, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (Japan)
Sachio Suzuki, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (Japan)
Kozu Yasuda, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4631:
Gas and Chemical Lasers and Intense Beam Applications III
Steven J. Davis; Michael C. Heaven, Editor(s)

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