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CO[sub]2[/sub]-Laser Cutting Fiber Reinforced Polymers
Author(s): R. Muller; R. Nuss; M. Geiger
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Paper Abstract

Guided by experimental investigations laser cutting of glass fiber reinforced reactive injection moulded (RRIM)-polyurethanes which are used e.g. in car industry for bumpers, spoilers, and further components is described. A Comparison with other cutting techniques as there are water jet cutting, milling, punching, sawing, cutting with conventional knife and with ultrasonic excited knife is given. Parameters which mainly influence cutting results e.g. laser power, cutting speed, gas nature and pressure will be discussed. The problematic nature in characterising micro and macro geometry of laser cut edges of fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) is explained. The topography of cut edges is described and several characteristic values are introduced to specify the obtained working quality. The surface roughness of laser cut edges is measured by both, an optical and a mechanical sensor and their reliabilities are compared.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 October 1989
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1132, High Power Lasers and Laser Machining Technology, (26 October 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.961584
Show Author Affiliations
R. Muller, Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg (Germany)
R. Nuss, Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg (Germany)
M. Geiger, Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1132:
High Power Lasers and Laser Machining Technology

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