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High-power CO2 laser welding of Al alloy plates
Author(s): Zhaogu Cheng; Guoliang Xu; Quanzhong Zhao; Yongfeng Lu
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Paper Abstract

Using a high power pulse transverse flow CO2 laser developed in our lab, a series of thin Al alloy plates were successfully welded. Effects of processing parameters (beam quality, laser power, welding speed and assisting gas et al) on weldability of Al alloy plates were given. A key technique, artificial keyhole caused by the gap between two Al alloy butt plates is successfully used, which helped to break through their high reflectivity at 10.6 μm wavelength and enhanced the energy coupling efficiency. The weld thickness of Al alloy plates reached 4 mm with 3 kW CO2 laser average output power. Microhardness and tensile tests showed that for some Al alloys, mechanical properties of the welds could be near or equal to base material with the artificial keyhole technique and suitable processing parameters.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 March 2003
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4831, First International Symposium on High-Power Laser Macroprocessing, (3 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.497781
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Zhaogu Cheng, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)
Guoliang Xu, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)
Quanzhong Zhao, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)
Yongfeng Lu, National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4831:
First International Symposium on High-Power Laser Macroprocessing

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