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Enhanced Laser Shock by an Active Liquid Confinement

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Yiliang Liao, Gary J. Cheng

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Paper No. MSEC2012-7372, pp. 539-544; 6 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference collocated with the 40th North American Manufacturing Research Conference and in participation with the International Conference on Tribology Materials and Processing
  • ASME 2012 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference
  • Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, June 4–8, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Manufacturing Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5499-0
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


This letter investigates a unique process to generate the enhanced laser shock with a higher pressure by applying an active liquid confinement — hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). The mechanism of fast chemical etching-assisted laser ablation is proposed. As a result, comparing with utilizing water as confinement, the efficiency of underwater laser shock peening of aluminum alloy 6061 is improved by 150%, and the ablation rate of pulse laser ablation of zinc is enhanced by 300%. This method breaks the major limitation of underwater pulsed laser processing caused by the breakdown plasma.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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