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Numerical Modeling of Thermoplastic Films in a Laser Welding Process

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Richard A. Whalen, Gregory J. Kowalski

Northeastern University

Paper No. IMECE2005-81097, pp. 915-923; 9 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Manufacturing Engineering and Materials Handling, Parts A and B
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Manufacturing Engineering Division and Materials Handling Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4223-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


A numerical simulation code is used to investigate the size of the heat affected zone (HAZ) and the onset of thermal damage in a short pulsed transmission laser welding process. The welding process involves the lap welding of two thin 30 microns thick, moving layers, of thermoplastic films. The investigated welding conditions are transparent material over a semi-transparent or opaque material and two transparent materials over a reflective backing. The results provide temperature profiles that illustrate the relationship between; surface cooling, laser intensity, velocity feed rates and material thermo-physical properties.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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