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Reactive Gas Assisted Laser Cutting - Physical Mechanism And Technical Limitations
Author(s): Dieter Schuocker
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Paper Abstract

From movies showing the laser cutting process in acrylic glass, it points out that the erosion takes place at a nearly vertical plane at the momentary end of the cut. That plane is covered by a thin molten layer, that is heated by absorbed laser radiation and by reaction. The removal of material from that layer is carried out by evaporation and by ejection of molten material due to the friction between the melt and the reactive gas flow. A computer simulation of that model yields a more detailed understanding of laser cutting and agrees well with experimental investigations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 October 1983
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0398, Industrial Applications of Laser Technology, (26 October 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.935403
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Dieter Schuocker, University of Technology (Austria)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0398:
Industrial Applications of Laser Technology
William F. Fagan, Editor(s)

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