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Laser Ablation of Titanium: The Experimental Study on Ablation Rate and Plasma Plume Size

[+] Author Affiliations
Yun Zhou, Yibo Gao, Benxin Wu, Nana Guo

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL

Paper No. MSEC2009-84334, pp. 625-629; 5 pages
  • ASME 2009 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference
  • ASME 2009 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, Volume 2
  • West Lafayette, Indiana, USA, October 4–7, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Manufacturing Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4362-8 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3859-4
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


Nanosecond laser ablation of titanium in air has been studied experimentally. The measured ablation depth at different pulse numbers indicates an incubation effect for the first ∼10 pulses. Compared with steel, the experiments show a larger plasma plume size and lower plume ignition threshold for titanium. The experimental measurements provide very useful information for the further study and practical applications of laser titanium micromachining.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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